“When I am a hundred and two, and have long forgotten even my own name, I will still be able to sing all of the song, ‘Jesus Loves Me’.” It was a passing comment, a simple statement, made by a random character in a book I was reading recently, but it made me chuckle out loud. He was referring to the impact of years of church attendance while growing up. I can relate!
I have what I have heard others refer to as a “drug problem”. My mom “drug” me to church every time the doors were open, and between Church service, Sunday School, prayer meetings, visitation, Back Yard Bible School, Vacation Bible School, Kids Choir, Youth Choir, and Bible Studies, they were open a lot. I may not have always wanted to be there, but looking back at it now I see the powerful, positive, impact it had on my life. Like the character in my book, I too am certain I will forever be able to recall all the words to the song, “Jesus Loves Me”.
As a baby, it was sung to me. As a little girl I sang it loudly with the uninhibited joy of a child. As an adult, I sang it as a tender reminder of childhood. As a mom, I sang it as I rocked each of my babies. As they grew, I sang along in the car as my kids belted out the tune while listening to a cassette tape. Eventually, my rendition of the song would be relegated to humming quietly to myself.
It may not be full of doctrinal insight, but the song, “Jesus Loves Me”, contains the seeds of my salvation and the unshakable anchor in my life.
“Jesus loves me….”– Not because I am lovable, but through His grace. I am loved because I am His. I cannot earn, nor can I loose, His love. I can only choose to accept it.
“this I know, for the Bible tells me so…”- God’s Word is unchanging and unerring. It is truth. God said it, that settles it.
“little ones to Him belong…”- He values even the least of us. Our stature, our earthly acceptance, our years do not keep Him from us. When others do not receive us, He does.
“they are weak, but He is strong…”-He alone is my strength when I am weak. His grace is enough, my forgiveness complete. His peace is beyond comprehension. He is my hope.
“Yes, Jesus loves me…yes, Jesus loves me….yes, Jesus loves me…the Bible tells me so” – When I am tired, when the world fails me, when I stumble, when I am lost, when I am hurting or confused….Yes, Jesus loves me.
May these truths dwell in our hearts today and until we are one hundred and two!
Yep, gonna challenge you to take a minute and sing it out loud (If you know it)….it needs to be done. Sing it as you did as a child, open to God’s love and uncaring of your singing skills. Sing it and remember you are loved!