Country music legend Dolly Parton just spoke out to comfort her fans by telling them that she feels the coronavirus pandemic is a lesson from God.
Parton took to Instagram on Friday to post an uplifting video of herself at her home, where she is self-isolating during this crisis.
“Well hello! It’s Dolly. Climbing the stairway to heaven ’cause this virus has scared the H-E-L-L out of us,” Parton sang as she stood in front of her staircase while wearing a denim shirt.
“I’m not making light out of the situation,” the legendary singer continued. “Well, maybe I am because it’s the light, I believe, that’s going to dissolve the situation. I think God is in this, I really do.”
“I think he’s trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love, and I hope we learn that lesson,” Parton continued. “I think that when this passes we’re all gonna be better people.”
Parton went on to say that despite all of the fear and negativity surrounding the pandemic, she has maintained a “positive attitude.”
“So just keep the faith, don’t be too scared,” Parton told her fans. “It’s going to be alright. God loves us.”
Fans were touched by Parton’s video, calling her a “national treasure.”
“I love you so much. Thank you for being a light in the darkness!!” one fan commented, with another adding, “I swear the pope needs to make her a saint already.”
“You are the queen of positivity. THE WORLD NEEDS YOU,” a third fan wrote. “Please be safe Dolly, i will literally fist fight this virus if anything happens to you.”
This has been a very difficult time for Parton, as her good friend and collaborator Kenny Rogers just passed away last week at the age of 81.
“Well, I couldn’t believe it this morning when I got up, turned on the TV checking to see what the coronavirus was doing, and they told me that my friend and singing partner Kenny Rogers had passed away,” Parton said in a video tribute to him the morning after his death.
“And I know that we all know Kenny is in a better place than we are today but I’m for sure he’s going to be talking to God sometime today, if ain’t already, and he’s going to be asking him to spread some light on this darkness going on here. But I loved Kenny with all my heart,” she continued. “My heart’s broken. A big ol’ chunk of it has gone with him today and I think that I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans, when I say that I will always love him.””
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You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone. I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend. So you be safe with God and just know that I will always love you, dolly.
Parton started to break down in tears as she showed a photo of herself and Rogers that she has in her home.
“I just happened to have this picture when I woke up this morning of us,” Parton said. “I walked out and thought, ‘Well, maybe I’ll hold that up for everybody,’ so I know you’re sad as I am but God bless you Kenny. Fly high, straight into the arms of God. And to the rest of you, keep the faith.”
God bless Parton for taking the time to give her fans comfort during a time of such uncertainty. In unprecedentedly difficult times like these, we should all heed Parton’s words and keep faith in God. It may not always seem like it, but God will get us through this!
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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