Strengthen your faith as you listen to the affecting interpretation of “The Old Rugged Cross” by Alan Jackson. The hymn can, without a doubt, affect your views in life and how you see God. The lyrics say it all and the melody will warm your spirits.

There are points in our lives wherein we tend to be weak. Temptations savage us. As a result, we doubt our beliefs and ourselves. We become fragile until we set in a situation of anxiety, hardships, and downfalls. Nevertheless, God is there. He will never abandon his children. God will never allow us to be soft and miserable. He will always guide and protect us especially on our depraved circumstances.

The Old Rugged Cross

“The Old Rugged Cross,” a hymn written in 1912 has been an all-time favorite Gospel song all over the world. There are a bunch of cover versions from different artists inside and outside of the country music scene. Billy Sunday popularized the hymn in 1915 during his Evangelistic Campaigns on a national broadcast radio show. Homer Rodeheaver and Virginia Asher, two of Sunday’s staff, were cited to be the first to record the tune in 1921. Since then, different renditions, covers, and interpretations have been published and released.

Moreover, Methodist Evangelist George Bennard wrote the words and lyrics of “The Old Rugged Cross.” He was able to finish the hymn for an extended period. The melody was a piece of cake, but the words took him time. He wrote the first verse in the fall of 1912 in Albion, Michigan. Then, between December of 1912 to January 1913, he was able to complete the whole hymn.

Other artists who covered “The Old Rugged Cross” include Al Green, Andy Griffith, Anne Murray, Brad Paisley, Chet Atkins, John Berry, Floyd Cramer, George Jones, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Kevin Max, Mahalia Jackson, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Ricky Van Shelton, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Statler Brothers, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, George Beverly Shea and John Prine with Mac Wiseman.

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