JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW
By Walter Head
"Jesus Loves Me" is one of the most popular Christian hymns around the world, especially among children. The hymn was first written by Anna B. Warner as a poem. Anna's sister Susan requested a poem for a dying child and Anna wrote the wonderful words of Jesus Loves Me to bring comfort and peace.
Anna's poem appeared in a novel, Say and Seal, and was composed by William Bradbury in 1862.
One of the first songs I remember singing as a child is this song. Sunday School!! After awhile it would become routine and I think we may have lost the meaning and significance of this beautiful song. But with God's love there is nothing routine. He loved me from the time of my conception, He loved me when I was born, He loved me when I was a child, He loved me when I was a teenager, He loved me as an adult and He loved me when I was a sinner. He loved me so much that He sent His only Son to redeem me, to restore me in my relationship with Him, and His love assures me that He has a plan for my life.
But even today I love to hear the sound and the words of this song. Yes we should sing it more often, even in church. Adults should sing it. Often at the seniors' retirement homes we have the residents sing this song, you can see the meaning it has for them, because they know and believe that He does love us, old and young.
We know that Jesus said to "allow the little children to come to me", that's love. That's His love. That is God's love. So powerful. Little children often are not on their best behaviour. Sometimes we as "God's children" are not on our best behaviour. But, yes you guessed it, Jesus Loves Me This I know for the Bible tells me so. Even when I am "misbehaving"!
I am more convinced today than ever that He loves me when I am weak, He loves me when I fail, He loves me when I question Him, He loves me when...............
So read the words of this song, yes sing them, and remember Jesus Loves You!!
Jesus Loves Me
Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to Him belong; They are weak, but He is strong.
Refrain: Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
Jesus loves me! This I know, As He loved so long ago, Taking children on His knee, Saying, “Let them come to Me.”
Jesus loves me still today, Walking with me on my way, Wanting as a friend to give Light and love to all who live.
Jesus loves me! He who died Heaven’s gate to open wide; He will wash away my sin, Let His little child come in.
Jesus loves me! He will stay Close beside me all the way; Thou hast bled and died for me, I will henceforth live for Thee.
Walter Head with his wife Helen Head pastor Promise Worship Centre International in Kitchener Ontario. They were missionaries to Haiti and have continued their support there, planting and building churches, well-digging, and ministering to children and Pastors there.