Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jesus Loves Me!

92 YEAR OLD PREACHER............

A Church in Atlanta was honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the Church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age.
After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gate to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak....
'When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50 odd years of preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me... the only thing that would comfort was this verse.........
'Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
we are weak but He is strong.....
Yes, Jesus loves me...
The Bible tells me so.'
When he finished, the church was quiet. You actually could hear his foot steps as he shuffled back to his chair. I don't believe I will ever forget it.
A pastor once stated, 'I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children's hymn 'Jesus Loves Me' (for the children of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best.'
'Senior version of Jesus Loves Me'
Here is a new version just for us who have white hair or no hair at all. For us over middle age (or even those almost there) and all you others check out this newest version of Jesus Loves Me.
Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.
Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I'll go
On through life, let come what may,
He'll be there to lead the way.
When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
'Have no fear, for I am near.'
When my work on earth is done,
And life's victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I'll understand His love
I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.

You know, "Jesus Loves Me" became MY all time favorite song years back for some of the same reasons as this 92 year old preacher. Somehow, the simplicity of this song that I probably learned while in the Nursery Department of our Sunday School never lost it's grip on me. Yes, I went through lots of Bible Studies, went to Bible School, went through all the digging into my past, why I became what I was, looked for all the junk I needed to deal with, read all the Christian psychology type books and went to work on fixing me and everyone else around me. But when all was said and done, it all boiled down to one thing: Jesus Loves ME, and just because HE said so! Isn't it just great that it's all so simple????? Yet, the world stumbles on it's simplicity, looks for ways to earn His love, blames Him for NOT loving them, or just plain old think they they are too good for Him.

Wrap your arms around Him today and hum that little tune into His ears!!!


Wanita said...

What a wonderful reminder of the simplicity of the Gospel message, Cora. And I love the additional verses.

Keeping you in my prayers,

Anonymous said...

Cora, Thank You! I love that song, and the new verses are just as wonderful! You are an inspiration and such a kind and wonderful woman. So "Thank you" so much for sharing with all of us!
Many Blessings!

Linda said...

Wonderful post!!

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

I am so thankful you are feeling much better...Here in the heart of Texas we prayed for you again today....Yes, Jesus loves you!
Love and Hugs!
Be safe in Jesus!

Claudia said...

This is so beautiful and it's brought me to tears. Always a good thing. *hugs*

papa said...

amen--Jesus loves me and you- papa would tell his friends and family that as they left from a visit= almost his last words were
God bless you and Jesus loves you

big hugs

Farm Chick Paula said...

What a beautiful story, Miss Cora!! I hope you are feeling good today- I prayed a special prayer for you this morning.

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