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    Jesus Loves Me


    It was probably two o’clock in the morning and I remember holding my little 9 month-old Lenya close, rocking her in my arms, praying that God would take away her discomfort and heal her little body.  She was at her worst and was just so uncomfortable and fussy. It was right before we brought her to the Spokane Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with “failure to thrive.”

    That night as I held my second born daughter close, I wept while I sang “Jesus Loves Me” to her.  It calmed her and she fell asleep, but it also calmed me, because I remember clearly, at that moment, how God reminded me that “little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.” And this simple song that I have known my whole life, had become a true comfort to me.

    I still struggle at times with the fact that Lenya was getting better before she went to Heaven.  It’s one of those things I have to keep surrendering to my God who loves me and who is in control, when it’s too much for me.  Looking back, God certainly graciously gave me a glimpse of her getting better, right before she became perfectly healthy in His very presence.

    A few days after she died in my husbands arms and went to Heaven immediately to be with the Lord, this song came to my mind, along with the memories of that night with my baby Lenya. I love how God, in His goodness, reminds us of His perfect love in the simplest ways.

    It wasn’t until recently that I found the full original version of this hymn on Wikipedia by Anna Bartlett Warner who lived in the 1800’s. These lyrics were spoken as comforting words to a dying child:

    “Jesus love me – this I know, for the Bible tells me so;

    Little ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong.

    Jesus loves me – loves me still, though I’m weak and very ill;

    From His shining throne on high, comes to watch me where I lie.

    Jesus loves me – He will stay, close beside me all the way.

    Then His little child will take, up to heaven for His dear sake.”

    And later, William Batchelder Bradbury added:

    “Jesus love me – He who died, Heaven’s gates to open wide;

    He will wash away my sin, Let His little child come in.

    Yes, Jesus loves me!

    Yes, Jesus loves me!

    Yes, Jesus loves me!

    The Bible tells me so.”

    He loves us, and He comforts us, and He is good. He is so good that in the midst of tumultuous anxiety and painful memories, we can actually delight in His comfort.

    “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19

    Thank you Lord for Your unending, steadfast Love.

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