Randy Travis continues to amaze his fans with his extraordinary recovery. Two-plus years after the Grand Ole Opry member suffered a stroke, he made his first return to the Opry in a surprise appearance on Friday night (Sept. 25).

Travis, who is shown sitting backstage and standing beside Tanya Tucker in pictures posted to the Opry's social media accounts, made his first post-stroke public appearance at a Neal McCoy concert in early 2014, while undergoing intensive rehabilitation. Earlier this year, the singer-songwriter made a surprise appearance at the 2015 ACM Awards, which he followed with a heartfelt letter to his fans, posted on his website.

"Words can never express my gratitude to those who continue to believe in me, pray for me and keep me lifted up in thought and deed," Travis wrote. "The kind cards and heartfelt letters of testimony and encouragement brought me through the darkest of days. [My wife] Mary read each and every one of them to me, and I felt the love and concern being sent my way; and, I gathered strength from this. None of us are worthy of the immense outpouring of support shown to me, and I consider each of my fans, a friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

"The power of music remains a source of inspiration and healing for me," he continued. "Writing songs was always a passion of mine, and I still have a lot to share with you. It is my prayer that, with continued healing, one day soon, I will be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans … my friends, who with God’s amazing grace, have brought me this far. As I work through music/speech/occupational/physical therapy, it is my hope that my songs of yesterday continue to touch your life in some way."

The Boot continues to send our thoughts and well wishes to Travis as he continues in his recovery.

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