Jeff, Erik, and Isaac were all in Ohio at the time. Please pray for the family as they grieve the "goodbye for now" of a great man.
The last time we saw him (in March)
I think The Old Rugged Cross was one of Grandpa's favorite hymns, and one that his granddaughter, Jessica was able to sing to him over the phone just hours before he was "called to his home far away..."
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.
Chorus: 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.
O 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.
In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.
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.