“Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.”
The children’s hymn, Jesus Loves Me, is a song that children have enjoyed singing for the past two hundred and fifty years. It’s the first “church song” that I remember singing as we repeatedly sung it in our children’s classes at the church I attended as a child in Indianapolis. It was written by Anna Bartlett Warner, in 1859, who wrote the lyrics as a poem that her sister, Susan Warner, requested to be included in a novel she was writing. William Bradbury converted the poem into a song and added the refrain, “Yes, Jesus loves me.” The song has become a beloved hymn for multiple generations since that time.
As we continue to adjust to our mid-pandemic life with all the changes and uncertainties, this simple children’s song can be a comfort to us. We need to be reminded that in the stress, strain and uncertainties of these times that “yes, Jesus loves me”.
Jesus loves me during the uncertainties of living in a pandemic.
Jesus loves me as I try to help my children navigate a different school experience this year.
Jesus loves me as I wrestle with fears regarding where or if I should go somewhere.
Jesus loves me as I contemplate who to vote for in the upcoming election.
Jesus loves me as I try to understand the complexities of race and how I can best love my neighbor.
Jesus loves me even as my thoughts change about pandemics, politics and other issues of our day.
Jesus loves me as I pray for the future of our city, state and country.
Jesus loves me as I wrestle with physical ailments and the aches and pains of aging.
Jesus loves me when I don’t love my neighbor the way that I should.
Jesus loves me as I celebrate the joys of this life with family and friends.
Jesus loves me when bills pile up and I’m not sure where I’ll get the money to pay them.
Jesus loves me when I act unlovable.
Jesus loves me when I love and serve my neighbor well.
Jesus loves me no matter what others may say about me.
Jesus loves me when I am weak, because He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me. He loves me when I am faithful and doing good works for His Kingdom. He loves me when I struggle, and His grace is needed. He loves me as I live this life the Spirit is guiding me through. He loves me through it all.
Jesus loves me. Jesus loves you. Thank God for the love of Jesus.