Many years ago I heard this story and wanted to share it with you, since it seems to be going around the internet:
A pastor, about 92 years of age at the time was retiring, after many years of service. When he was asked to give his final sermon he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly and with great effort to the podium.
Without notes or writings of any kind, he placed both his 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 the greatest lesson I have learned in my 50 odd years of preaching the Word. I thought about it for a few days, boiling down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials and tribulations. The one thing I could always rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow sometimes paralyzed me..the only thing that would comfort me was this special hymn:
“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.
Yes, Jesus loves me,
The Bible tells me so.”
When the gentle pastor 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 said, “I always noticed that it is the adults who chose the children’s hymn: “Jesus loves me” (for the children to sing, of course); but it is the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it best”.
For those of us who have white hair, or no hair; for the middle age or anyone who wants to smile; here is a Senior 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.
YES, JESUS LOVES ME; YES, JESUS LOVES ME…..
YES, JESUS LOVES ME; THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.
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.
Though I am no longer young,
I have much which He’s begun,
Let me serve Christ with a smile,
Go with others the extra mile.
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.
Sing praises………………………to our Lord!
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