Okay, so I don’t know if this song is in my head because it’s fitting this time of year ( as if it isn’t the rest of the year?)! But yesterday I couldn’t quit singing the good ole hymn, Because He Lives. I started to sing the verses…I know…pretty amazing that I can remember the verses! This was one of my mom’s very favorite songs. She would go around the house singing it, lay in her bed singing it, in the car singing it. So how could I not at least know verse one!! 🙂 Yesterday, I was singing the first verse and then the chorus that follows, and realized (a lightbulb went off) just why this was my mom’s favorite song.
You see, Rebecca Odessa Moore Rankin, known to many as Becky, and my sister and I as “Mama”, was in severe pain most of her adult life. She had been in an accident when she was in her late twenties and never recovered from the severe back pain that never went away, even with several back surgeries, chiropratic visits, or painkillers. My mom spent a lot of my childhood in bed hooked up to contraction. She did her ever-lovin best to keep a positive attitude even with the severe pain she experienced. She had other health problems too. Heart trouble, migraines, diabetic, high blood pressure. And the list goes on. There were times when I was older, and the pain only got worse for her through the years, that she would say to me, “Babe, there are just some mornings I wish I didn’t wake up. I wish the Lord would just take me home to him while I am sleeping so I wouldn’t have to hurt like this any more.” But then there were days that she would sing this song. And now I get it. I understand why! So I looked up the song online because I wanted to know ALL the verses. I believe my mom just might have been humming the last verse with a HUGE smile on her face!
And then one day, I’ll cross the river
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I’ll see the lights of glory, and I’ll know He reigns
Because He lives….I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, ALL fear is gone. Because I know HE HOLDS THE FUTURE, and life is worth the living just because He lives.
Man, all those years my mom was hurting so bad she wanted to go Home to be with her Savior, and yet even with the pain she was experiencing and fighting through every day, she knew this life here on earth was worth living JUST BECAUSE HE LIVES!
Thanks Mom for the example of perseverence you gave all those around you. I can’t wait to see you again and tell you all the life lesson you taught me and didn’t even know you were teaching me!
Anything we go through here on earth is worth living through it, to experience Christ here. Here while we are walking humanity, and then ultimately in our forever home with our Heavenly Father one day! I am so thankful this season for the sacrifice He made so I could live here and now. Even if hardships are thrown my way. The joy of knowing He is growing me to be more like Him, is worth living through it. I don’t want to miss the Real Life He has for me here.
Of course I look forward to eternity with Him! Come Lord Jesus…until You’re back to take us home…help me to live life to the fullest here on earth!
What’s your favorite old hymn? Is there a reason it’s your favorite? Please share!!!