Singer Michael Buble appeared this week on “Carpool Karaoke,” a popular segment on the Late Late Show where James Corden drives around with famous singers, sings their greatest hits with them and has a conversation.
In this episode, the conversation came to the subject of Michael’s son Noah and his two year fight with liver cancer. Fortunately, the cancer is now in remission but it is still understandably an emotional subject for Buble.
The singer talked of how his family, parents, sisters, wife’s family moved to be in closer proximity to the Los Angles Children’s Hospital where Noah was treated. Buble stepped away from touring.
Certainly many people in similar situations would do the same thing if they had the available resources.
But what is interesting to me as I consider Buble’s words are that he’s a man who had it all, living his dream, beloved around the world for his music. Concert tours do packed audiences, millions of dollars.
Fame, wealth, adoration, glory. So many of the idols we seek as a society (I’m not saying Buble was guilty of that). But these are the dreams of so many of us. Yet in the face of a crisis, he stepped away from it. He showed us something that mattered more to him.
There are things we try so hard to pursue. Faith is easy to undermine, it’s easy to want to rely on ourselves and think we can do it on our own. Family is easy to take for granted. We need both and society vastly undervalues both.
“It’s so hard to have to acknowledge it because it’s so painful to talk about. We got the diagnosis and that was it man, my whole life ended.”
Also in the interview, Buble thanked God and Jesus for his son’s recovery. “We all moved and we lived at CHLA and we just had the best doctors and, God, thank you, Jesus Christ.”
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Josh Benner is the associate pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys writing about faith and culture. He lives with his wife Kari in Minnesota.