Willie Nelson took the stage at Harrah’s Resort SoCal on Saturday (Jan. 6), but didn’t get very far. The legend began coughing and experiencing breathing issues during his first song before calling it a night.
A note from Nelson’s publicist to the San Diego Union Tribune says Nelson is experiencing a “bad cold or flu.” Similar symptoms have plagued him in recent years. While he continues to travel and tour, he’s become more susceptible to breathing issues as he has gotten older. The 84-year-old has canceled three concerts slated for this week, including Monday night’s (Jan. 9) show in Palm Springs, Calif., and two weekend shows in Nevada.
Prior to the weekend’s cancellation Nelson’s most recent episode came in August in Utah, when he required hospitalization after struggling to breathe as he sang “Whiskey River,” the song he opens his live show with. That came just weeks after he fought off rumors of his own death — something else that has plagued him in his later years. In fact, the death hoaxes have become so common that he even recorded a song and music video called “Still Not Dead.” Nelson’s next scheduled show is Feb. 7 in Macon, Ga. He’ll be busy in February, but taking March off.
The Country Music Hall of Famer released God’s Problem Child in 2017 and continues to create new music in addition to spending time on the road. In addition to “Whiskey River” his best known songs are “Always On My Mind,” “On the Road Again,” “Seven Spanish Angels” and “Pancho and Lefty.”
Author Dianne Neal Matthers: I’ve never liked the dark as a little girl, I often lay in bed at night with my imagination running wild. I visualized all sorts of scary things lurking around me. May be that explains why I love that God’s first command during the creation of the world called for light. He commanded light to shine and then separated it from the darkness. One day God fashioned the sun, moon, and stars to light up the sky and divide day and night.
Later, Jesus arrived on the scene and lit up the world in a new way. He proclaimed, I am the light of the world. Who ever follows me will have a life filled with light and will never live in the dark ” (John 8:12,). Jesus offered love, grace, and truth to people living in the darkness of sin and fear of death.
Jesus also said that those who follow Him are to let their light shine for others to see’ If I claim to know him people should see something distinctive and the difference my behavior in my conversation, and my life. My character should demonstrate the difference between living for Jesus and living apart from Him-A difference as big as day and night.
These days I typically wake up way too early, sometimes two hours or more before dawn. As I wait for the sun’s rays to chase away the darkness of night. I feel thankful that God created the lights in my heavens. And during troubled times in my life, I’m grateful for the light who lives in me. I know His light is great enough to help me find my way through any darkness.
But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5