I don't know where I have been for the last 30 years but I just discovered Mel McDaniel yesterday. I downloaded his greatest hits and found this gem. If you aren't a fan of country music from the 80s (which apparently I am!) The lyrics are below. This is the message I want my children to learn from me. This is the greatest gift I can give them.
I use to be afraid of dying when I’d think about having to go,
now I know I’m gonna live forever mama’s bible tells me so,
it said that just believing is the key to it all,
and that I’m forgiven every time I fall.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, mama’s bible tells me so.
When it rains I know he’s crying for the love of all mankind,
and he hurts inside just like us when he’s left behind,
but I know he is my shepherd and he’ll never walk away,
because he gave us Jesus for a friend on judgment day.
All I’d loved are cared for had either changed or gone,
I reached for mama’s bible for strength to carry on,
like my heart it gathered dust like it’s pages I was worn,
and as to life for both of us oh Gabriel blow your horn.
And I’ll trust in mama’s bible till it’s time for me to go,
hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.