Aloha Friday Message – February 01, 2008 – Jesus Loves Me…And you..And you…And…

805AFC020108 – Jesus Loves Me…And you..And you…And…

Happy Aloha Friday, Beloved! All this week I have been pondering what to send today because I wanted to connect something to this past Sunday’s Healing Word: Congenial. Check it out here: http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/congenial . That’s a pretty powerful word. I have been thinking that it pretty much sums up this passage: Matthew 22:36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your hear805AFC020108t and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Love. The Beatles sang about it, maybe even millions of songs have been written about it, there are books about it, poetry about it, theories about it, and still its power often eludes us. Then I finally found this story in my archives and knew right away, “this is the one.” It’s by that world-famous author “Anonymous.”

The Old Preacher

Many years ago, while watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I watched a Church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the Church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age.

After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high-back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gait, to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind, he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak.

“When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50 odd years of preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials. It was and is the one thing that I could always rely on when tears or heart break or pain or fear or sorrow paralyzed me. The only thing that would consistently bring comfort was this verse:

“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong, we are weak but he is strong…
Yes, Jesus loves me… Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me…..the Bible tells me so.”

When he finished, the church was quiet. You actually could hear his foot steps as he shuffled back to his chair. I don’t believe I will ever forget it.

A pastor once stated, “I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children’s hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me’ (for the children of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best.”

Senior version of Jesus Loves Me: Here is a new version just for us who have white hair or no hair at all. For us over middle age (or even those almost there) and all you others, check out this newest version of “Jesus Loves Me”. It is quite cute, so read, sing and enjoy:”

JESUS LOVES ME (Senior Version)

Jesus loves me, this I know, though my hair is white as snow. Though my sight is growing dim, still He bids me trust in Him.

(CHORUS) YES, JESUS LOVES ME…YES, JESUS LOVES ME…YES, JESUS LOVES ME… THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow, with my hand in His I’ll go. On through life, let come what may, He’ll be there to lead the way.

(CHORUS)

Though I am no longer young, I have much which He’s begun. Let me serve Christ with a smile. Go with others the extra mile.

(CHORUS) When the nights are dark and long, in my heart He puts a song, Telling me in words so clear, “Have no fear, for I am near.”

(CHORUS)

When my work on earth is done, And life’s vict’ries have been won, He will take me home above. Then I’ll understand His love.

(CHORUS)

I love Jesus, does He know? Have I ever told Him so? Jesus loves to hear me say, that I love Him every day.

(CHORUS)

Jesus loves me. This I know. All Creation tells me so. It’s so easy to belong. Just believe and sing this song!

YES, JESUS LOVES ME…YES, JESUS LOVES ME…
YES, JESUS LOVES ME… THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO. (Over and over again . . . . . .)

Love is best when it is shared. Don’t keep it all to yourself. Split it up and pass it around. The more of it you give, the more of it you will have because somehow it just keeps coming back! Yes! Jesus Love US!  (↔ Music Link)

Age Quod Agis

 

Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever, forever —

at your service, Belovéd!

Chick

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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