Today is my sweet mom’s birthday.
She is with Christ in heavenly places.
 
My mom was generous, smart, sometimes kooky, and often loud.
Everyone loved her. She would do most anything for anyone.
She’s given food, money, time, love, and did lots of great things paid for the groceries of a person in front of her in line who just didn’t have enough.
 
My mom’s favorite hymn was “The Old Rugged Cross.”
 
It was written in 1912 by evangelist and song-leader George Bennard.
It remind’s us of Christ’s sacrifice for us, at Calvary.
 
The lyrics are below, and a fabulous reading for a devotional.
I can’t read them without tearing up. The words are beautiful.
 
I’ve also included a link to Alan Jackson sharing the song.
Please listen. I’ll post the link also in a separate post later.
 
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
 
On a hill far away, stood an old rugged Cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
 
And I love that old Cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain
 
So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies, at last, I lay down
 
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown
 
Oh, that old rugged Cross so despised by the world
Has a wondrous attraction for me
 
For the dear Lamb of God, left His Glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary
 
So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies, at last, I lay down
 
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown
 
In the old rugged Cross, stained with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
 
For the dear Lamb of God, left His Glory above
To pardon and sanctify me
 
So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies, at last, I lay down
 
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown
 
To the old rugged Cross, I will ever be true
Its shame and reproach gladly bear
 
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away
Where His glory forever I’ll share
 
So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies, at last, I lay down
 
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown
 
Here’s the link to Alan Jackson:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-JS9P8d2iOc
Today is My Sweet Mom’s Birthday
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