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Love Old Church Hymns and Songs
Call us old fashioned but many of us in the Sandwich Generation love the beautiful old church hymns and songs as much as we love the contemporary praise and worship hymn songs and music. That’s true even for many of us in the baby boomer generation who grew up on the Beatles, Donavan, and the Monkees. The old hymns are such a delightful and restful way for us to worship God as well as “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.“ (2 Cor. 10:5)
How Firm a Foundation
Some of these lovely old church hymns and songs, like How Firm a Foundation, include encouraging Bible verses to fill our hearts, like, “Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed, For I am thy God” from the song lyrics is almost word for word from one of my favorite encouraging Bible verses, Isaiah 41:10 (Darby), “Fear not, for I [am] with thee; be not dismayed, for I [am] thy God”
The Old Rugged Cross
Other old church hymns and songs, like my senior dad’s favorite – The Old Rugged Cross, have great hymn stories behind them so that learning their history adds to their richness. Click here to read the story behind The Old Rugged Cross.
Rock of Ages
And some old church hymns songs, like Rock of Ages Cleft For Me, are an extra special encouragement and comfort for those who are caring for elderly parents in their family who are reaching the end of their walk here on earth and can appreciate the sweet balm of the music as they are dealing with grief while handling the many questions from the hospital or hospice team. Don’t you love these lyrics, “While I draw this fleeting breath, when mine eyes shall close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown, see Thee on thy judgment throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.”
As Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 5:8:
“we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord”
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Philippians 1:21 (KJV)
Leaving a Spiritual Legacy
It’s such a joy to also share these lovely old church hymns songs with our grandchildren. As we cultivate a love of the old blended with the delight of the new, we are sharing with them a rich history and heritage that will mean these favorite hymns will continue on – full of your own sweet family memories of times spent together. A special way of leaving a spiritual legacy in their hearts.
Below is a gorgeous rendition of the hymn, Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me, focused on exactly that (the last verse), performed by Vestal Goodman, from A Tribute to Howard and Vestal Goodman – With Bill and Gloria Gaithers and Their Homecoming Friends. Vestal Goodman went home to be with the Lord in 2003.
I first heard of Vestal Goodman and her ministries and songs just a few months ago and was so blessed, and have been again today. Talk about a wonderful and powerful legacy to leave! That’s our goal for our Sandwich Generation families, isn’t it? We may not have a video out or sing on TV. But our best audience, our senior parents, our children, our grandchildren we take care of – they are watching us. We are leaving a spiritual legacy one way or another. Lord willing, we are leaving a powerful testimony of God’s power and love in our lives and in our love and nurture of them.
Wasn’t that powerful! I was so blessed by it and hope you were as well. You should see the huge smile on my face, intermixed with tears streaming down it! Truly one of my favorite old church hymns and sung so wonderfully by a woman of God who is now living what she was then singing about.
Have a blessed week. And for more Christian encouragement, click here.