Monday, April 06, 2009

Who Loves You?

From an anonymous source:
While watching TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I saw a Church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 and I wondered why they bothered to ask the gentleman to preach.

After a warm welcome and introduction, the applause quieted down he rose from his 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' during a hymn sing it was the adults who sang the loudest because 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.


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.

God Bless Us All!!!



Vicar of Vincennes said...

I often think of one verse, word, song that would describe my life story thus far. Songs always change, as I hear another that grabs my heart but I believe the one scripture/story that I always come back to is the blind man Jesus healed. When hasseled by the authorities and asked what had happened to him, he finally replied...."I don't know, I just know that I was once blind and now I can see." Maybe that is too much of an easy way out and one that says I don't want to do much else, but so be it, there is so much I don't know and not sure if I ever will but this I do know...I was blind but now I see. All praise to my savior.

Gary Sweeten said...

Growing up I heard the song, "Every day with jesus is sweeter than the day before" because it is what was sung as we transitioned from Sunday school to worship. It is a sprightly tune with a great text.

I am sad that most younger folks are missing those songs and those great words.