Jesus Loves Me

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I love to hear the stories of how our Christian songs and hymns originated. The story of how the song came about that we often sing to our children, “Jesus Loves Me,” is said to have happened this way:

Sisters Anna and Susan Warner lived on Constitution Island on the Hudson River across from the Military Academy at West Point. Their life was consumed with teaching the Bible to the cadets. In the meantime, they wrote a few books, one of which was “Say and Seal.” In the book they told of a fictional boy name Johnny Fox who was dying. His Sunday school teacher, John Linden, comforted him by taking him into his arms, rocking him, and making a little song that went like this, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so . . . “ Later, composer William Bradbury, read the words of the little song and together music for the lines and “Jesus Loves Me” was born as a children’s hymn.

The song has as strong of a foundation of faith as any other song today. It’s simple but true. Whether we are young or old, healthy or dying, prosperous or in poverty we can take assurance with fact that, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” 

Take fact that God loved us even before we loved him. “But God commended His love for us, that while we were yet sinners, he died for us.” Romans 5:8

Bro. Larry

P.S. Don’t forget to pray for schools returning to classes. Not all are going in person and not all at the same time. But, there are many reasons to pray for the safety of the students as well as school personnel and parents.