Friday, February 26, 2010

Jesus Loves Me

Every night when I put one or both of the kids to bed, I sing Jesus Loves Me to them. I started to sing it to Samuel when he was a baby and now do the same with Lauren. I hold them or rock them and sing quietly in their ear the precious words of truth that Jesus loves them.

When Samuel has been sick and I have rocked him for many many minutes, I often wondered if there were other verses besides the first that I learned as a little girl.

As it turns out, there are more verses!

I went online awhile back and I learned that this song was written in 1860 as a poem. How sweet it is that these lyrics have been sung for so very long.

Here is some background on the song and all of the verses. I printed them out and put them inside a cupboard door in my kitchen. I am memorizing them all so I can sing each verse to my precious miracles!

What a privilege it is to teach my children that Jesus loves them.

"Jesus Loves Me" simply states the profound truth of God's love. It was originally written in 1860 as a poem by Anna B. Warner and included as part of a story meant to comfort the heart of a dying child. In 1861 it was put to music by William Bradbury, who added the chorus and published it as a part of his hymnal collection, The Golden Sower.

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.

Jesus loves me!
Loves me still,
Tho I'm very weak and ill,
That I might from sin be free,
Bled and died upon the tree.

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.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.


Anonymous said...

Hi Stacy,
I'm Miranda's sister. I really enjoy your blog. It is very touching to read your journey. Anyway, I'm not sure if she made it up but my mom used to sing us a verse goes
Jesus loves me when I'm good, when I do the things I should. Jesus loves me when I'm bad, though it makes him very sad (chorus) Just thought I'd share. It's not as poignant as yours but kind of cute all the same!
Melissa Scheer

Stacy said...

Thanks Melissa! I'm going to try out that verse with my kids. Congrats to you on your sweet bundle and your new niece. What precious miracles they are.