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Ruth’s 105 Today

July 29, 2017

Today is my mom’s 105th birthday.

Her nursing home staff had a fabulous party for her yesterday.

Today, with my wife Patty back from a business trip last night, and our son Joseph here from Cincinnati for the weekend, we’re going to celebrate her again.

Join me in three quick images of my mom —

“Enjoy every moment.” She’s told me that in one form or another my entire life. In recent years those exact three words have become her standard piece of advice. Not bad.

A recent visit. She and I were sitting by the fountain in the center of her nursing home. A family member of another resident stopped and said to my mom, “Happy Birthday, Ruth!”

“Yes, thank you.”

“Ruth, on Saturday you’ll be 105 years old.”

My mom glanced at me, grinned, and replied to her well-wisher,  “That’s all?!”

Yup, still has her sense of humor. Not bad.

In the Garden. She loves that song. It’s one of the first songs I learned in my earliest days, just from hearing her sing it a lot. I was stunned when I heard someone else singing it at church, and wondered how they’d learned that song I’d assumed my mom wrote!

The simple words of the first verse disguised a profound theological reality I felt long before I began to understand —

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses. 

When I got a little older and realized this song had more than one verse, the second verse became a favorite —

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

It wasn’t long until the song’s third verse became a call to action —

I’d stay in the garden with Him,
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

And I can still hear my mom’s voice singing that chorus —

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

Not bad. Not bad at all, Mom.




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  1. Sue Keasler permalink

    I really miss hearing your ‘live’ messages! Your writing & Bibical gifts are spot on!! When does your book come out? I want in line for a signed copy please!!!!! 😊


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