While watching a little TV on SundayÂ instead of going to church, I watched a church in Atlanta honoring one ofÂ its senior pastors who had been retired many years.
He was 92 at that timeÂ and I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the old gentleman toÂ preach at that age.Â Â After a warm welcome, introduction of thisÂ speaker, and as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high backÂ chair and walked slowly, with great effort and aÂ sliding gait to theÂ podium.Â Without a note or written paper of any kindÂ he placed both handsÂ on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly andÂ slowly he began toÂ speak….Â
“When I was asked to come here today and talk to you,Â your pastor asked me to tell you what was theÂ greatest lesson ever learnedÂ in my 50-odd years of preaching. I thought about itÂ for a few days andÂ boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my lifeÂ and sustained me through all my trials. The one thingÂ that I could alwaysÂ rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fearÂ and sorrow paralyzedÂ me, the only thing that would comfort was thisÂ verse……..Â
“Jesus loves me this I know.
For theÂ Bible tells me so.Â
Little ones to Him belong,Â
we are weak but HeÂ is strong…..
Yes, Jesus loves me….Â
The Bible tells meÂ so.”
When heÂ finished, the church was quiet. You actually couldÂ hear his foot steps asÂ he shuffled back to his chair. I don’t believe IÂ will ever forgetÂ it.Â Â
A pastor once stated, “I always noticed that it wasÂ the adultsÂ who chose the children’s hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me’ (for the children ofÂ course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults whoÂ sang the loudestÂ because I could see they knew it the best.”
Here is a new version just for us who have whiteÂ hair or no hair at all.
JESUS LOVES ME
Jesus loves me, this IÂ know,Â
Though my hair is white as snowÂ
Though my sight is growingÂ dim,Â
Still He bids me trust in Him.Â
YES, JESUS LOVESÂ ME!
YES, JESUS LOVES ME!
YES, JESUS LOVES ME, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO!
Though my steps are oh, so slow,Â
With my hand in His I’llÂ goÂ
On through life, let come what may,Â
He’ll be there to lead theÂ way.Â
When the nights are dark and long,Â
In myÂ heart He puts a song……..
Telling me in words so clear,Â
“Have noÂ fear, for I am near.”Â
When my work on earth is done,Â
And life’s victories have been won.Â
He will take me home above,Â
Then I’ll understand His love.Â
I love Jesus, doesÂ He know?Â
Have I ever told Him so?Â
Jesus loves to hear me say,Â
That I love Him every day.Â
Submitted by Sharon M, Revelation 1:5
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