1 Make your life a blessing as you onward go,
Lighten up dark corners, make them brightly glow;
Shed a ray of sunshine bright, lead some soul from shades of night,
Into perfect realms of light below.
Make your life a blessing over life’s rough way,
Make your life a blessing, shed a cheering ray;
Make the Saviour your design,
Let your light forever shine,
And be a blessing ev’ry day.
2 Make your life a blessing, full of joy complete,
Clear away the thorns that pierce another’s feet;
Put to flight their doubt and fear, bid the shadows disappear,
By a happy word of cheer so sweet. [Refrain]
3 Make your life a blessing, sing of hope and love,
Till the ringing echoes reach the dome above;
Be a calm when storms are rife, glorify the walks of life,
And a refuge from the strife e’er prove. [Refrain]
William Howe Ruebush (Will H. Ruebush)
Born: June 4, 1873, Singers Glen, Virginia.
Died: October 6, 1956, Elkton, Virginia.
A vocal music teacher early in his career, Ruebush directed an army band in France in World War I. After the war, he led many civilian orchestras and bands, and taught at several schools, including the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Dayton, Virginia. He composed many marches, including The Stonewall Brigade March, Shenandoah, and the Alma Mater Song for Tulane University. Ruebush spent most of his life in Dayton, Virginia, where he became president of the Ruebush-Kieffer Pub… Go to person page >