Grieving father goes viral honoring son through song

Published: Oct. 20, 2016 at 5:12 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2016 at 6:46 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A grieving Hattiesburg father took to Facebook to honor his son who passed away.

Jamarcus Moody, also known as B.J. Moodswing, said his 7-month-old son died shortly after being released from the hospital.

"He was premature. He had a heart murmur and had bleeding on the brain," Moody said. "They originally only gave him two weeks to live. He was getting a little bit bigger, and a little bit better, so they let him out of the hospital on October 6th."

Moody said he had him all day and all night, but the next morning tragedy struck.

"We woke up and he had just stopped breathing," Moody said. "He was gone."

Moody said that the video wasn't his idea, it was God's.

"I was really just down, and thinking about giving up on everything," Moody said. "I come from the streets. The devil told me it was my fault, it was because I was in prison and because of the things I did in my life. That I caused this."

That's when Moody said God whispered in his ear.

"He said 'Do the video. Tell the world you can praise in the midst of your storm,'" Moody said.

Moody decided to film himself singing the song "I praise on the inside"  by J. Moss.

The lyrics are as followed:

"There's a praise on the inside
That I can't keep to myself
A holler stirring up
From the depths of my soul
So excuse me if I seem a little giddy
Or maybe even strange
But praise is the way I say thanks

There's a praise on the inside
That I can't keep to myself
A holler stirring up
From the depths of my soul
So excuse me if I seem a little giddy
Or maybe even strange
Praise is the way I say thanks"

Within two days he had over 4,000 friend requests on Facebook. The Grammy winning artist J. Moss even shared his story to his own Facebook page.

Moody said many people who reached out to him were grieving parents as well. They asked for his advice, which is something he said he wanted to share with the world.

"What I tell the world is what I tell everybody, this is not about me," Moody said. "God allowed the enemy to take my son because of me personally. I was doing wrong. The Lord takes something from you to get your attention."

Moody said the loss of his son has changed his life in an instant, and he will live a better life because of it. 

"So many people stereotype me. All they see is a thug," Moody said. "I got gold in my mouth, I have earrings, people thought I was going to rap. But I started ministering, and it blew people away."

Despite the loss of his son, and the way people perceive him, Moody said he has a new outlook on life.

Moody said he wants to use the platform he has been given by this video to advocate for not only his son, but for others.

"If you look at me deeper, you see that I am saved, I am living right," Moody said.  "If you love God, it doesn't matter how you look, or what you are going through. He will fight this battle for me, and for you. He is about to give me something I can't even imagine."

Moody's post has garnered nearly 800,000 views, and has been shared over 15,000 times.

A go-fund me account has been opened to help Moody with funeral expenses and medical bills. The memorial service for his son is scheduled for October 23.

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