Kathie Lee Gifford Honors Late Husband Frank on TODAY: ‘He Saw Jesus’

Kathie Lee Gifford’s performance of the song “He Saw Jesus” nearly a week ago on the TODAY show in honor of her late husband Frank Gifford continues to resonate with thousands of people by way of the video clip provided by producers.

Frank, a legendary sports broadcaster who played in the NFL, died suddenly at age 84 in the couple’s Connecticut home two years ago. Kathie Lee’s wide-ranging career includes being a television host, singer, songwriter, comedian, and actress. She is perhaps best known for her 15-year run on the talk show “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee,” which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin.

“I found my husband on the floor one beautiful Sunday morning. He saw Jesus, and Jesus took his breath away,” Gifford sang in the lyrics co-written by country musician Brett James. “No I didn’t lose him, I know right where he is. ’Cause he was never really mine, no he was always His.”

“And though I miss his kisses, I can’t fill that empty space, it helps when I remember that sweet look on his face when he saw Jesus,” she continued.

Gifford says she wanted to do more than just sing a song in remembrance of her husband, she “wanted to do some good in the world.”

All of the proceeds from the song sold on iTunes will go directly to Franklin Graham’s organization, Samaritan’s purse.

“I hope it brings hope to people,” she said.

Graham responded on social media to Gifford’s generosity with gratitude.

“A big thank you to my friend Kathie Lee Gifford,” he said in a Facebook post. “She has a great heart for helping people.”

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Television personality Kathie Lee Gifford (L) and husband former professional football player Frank Gifford attend the Broadway opening of “Come Fly Away” at the Marriot Marquis on March 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

The song is a great example of how God turns sorrow into joy, Gifford said.

“It’s so amazing how God, if you trust him, will take your ashes and make beauty out of it,” she said. “He’ll turn your mourning into joy if you just let him.”

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