Loretta Lynn Was Heartbroken, Left Powerful Message Before Dying

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When Loretta Lynn passed away at 90 years old, the country icon was “heartbroken” about the state of our nation. She left a powerful message about “good versus evil” before she died and wanted to share it with all Americans.

Loretta Lynn (Credit: YouTube)

Loretta Lynn was one of America’s most successful and beloved country singers. Her early life and career were turned into a classic film, Coal Miner’s Daughter, and she was known to be outspoken about her Christian faith and love of her country.

Although she rarely spoke about politics, according to NPR, Lynn supported President Donald Trump and also supported President George W. Bush. In the last few years of her life, the Grammy Award winner spoke out about the state of America. When civil unrest sparked protests by Black Lives Matter and Antifa during the summer of 2020, Lynn said: “It breaks my heart.”

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Loretta Lynn teared up singing Coal Miner’s Daughter for her 87th birthday (Credit: YouTube)

“I’ve just prayed for our country. We need God now more than ever,” Loretta Lynn wrote on social media. “It reminded me of the song I recorded, God Bless America Again. It feels like it still fits.” The Kentucky native shared the lyrics which include:

God bless America again…
You know I don’t understand every thing I’m readin’ here
About what’s wrong with America
But when you don’t have a lotta book learnin’
I guess there’s a lotta things you don’t understand
But let me say this God she’s like a mother to me
And all I am or ever hoped to be I owe to you and to her
Wash her pretty face dry her eyes and then God bless America again

However, just two days before her death, Lynn took to social media one last time. Her final message to Americans was a powerful one as she quoted the Gospel of John 3: 20-21. “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed,” she posted. “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” Lynn wrote this alongside a screenshot of John 3:21, which reads, “But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

A devout Christian, Lynn posted a video to Instagram in which she opened up about her faith. “My faith means a lot to me,” she told the camera as she sat by a piano and held her acoustic guitar. “If it wasn’t for God, none of us would be here. Jesus is my friend. I keep hold of His hand and I don’t let loose. If I ever let loose, well, I hope He grabs me because I’ll be lost.”

Lynn went on to say that the fact that Jesus died for her sins meant the world to her. “Oh my, it hurts. I won’t be able to tell Him much I appreciate what He did,” added the Kentucky native. “There’s no way you can repay Jesus for what he done. There’s just no way. You just have to show him how much you love him, and I think that’s the way we all have to repay him. It’s in your actions.”

According to NPR, part of Loretta Lynn’s legacy is that she impacted the political landscape in the South which had been hardcore Democrat territory until 1988. “Lynn’s endorsement [of George W. Bush, and Donald Trump] mattered because they expressed changes underway over a period of years in agricultural America and among middle-class voters who worked for wages and did not have a college degree,” they reported. “For generations, those voters had been the bedrock of the Democratic Party.”

“Unlike some country-western stars that sang about a rural working-class life but lived an urban middle-class existence, Loretta Lynn’s country roots were unquestionably authentic,” History.com reported. “Born Loretta Webb in a log cabin nestled in the backwoods hills of Kentucky, she was the daughter of a coal miner who worked long hours to keep his family fed and clothed.”

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Loretta Lynn was married at 15 and became a mother at 16. She is pictured here with her husband Dolittle and their two daughters. (Credit: Screenshot)

It was reported that by the mid-1960s, Loretta Lynn was one of the most successful female performers in country-western music. In previous decades, male performers and masculine themes had dominated country-western music. However, Lynn broke the mold and paved the way for female country artists to become successful all on their own without a male counterpart.

Lynn was always close to her audience. For example, she once told an interviewer she supported Donald Trump in part because her audiences would have booed her if she had endorsed Hillary Clinton. Her Butcher Holler, Kentucky, origins shone through all she said and sang. She embodied both want and aspiration, both humility and genuine pride that could be fierce. Loretta Lynn is sorely missed and will be remembered as one of America’s greatest entertainers.