Sunday, July 30, 2006

Does Jesus Care?

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth and song;
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Refrain
O yes, He cares- I know He cares!
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary,
The long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares. (He cares.)

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said goodbye
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks ­
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Words by Frank E. Graeff

There was a man who lived around the turn of the last century named Frank Graeff, who was known as the “Sunshine minister,” because wherever he went he always had such a sweet disposition and such a sunny outlook that he brought cheer to all those who came in contact with him. Children loved him. People loved to be around him. Everywhere he went it seemed that joy followed him. However, Frank Graeff went through -- just like all Christians do -- some enormous times of trial and temptation. You may not have known it if you were just meeting him on the street or even if you were among those whom he pastored; but he, nonetheless, went through many times of intense, personal grief. One evening, as he looked to the Word of God, he came to this verse in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

It leapt out to him and discovered to him a new joy. He was so touched that he wrote a hymn, entitled “Does Jesus Care?” This hymn speaks to the heart of any child of God who goes through times of difficulty and trial and questioning and pain. Each one of the verses of Graeff’s hymn asks some intensely personal and important questions, and we want to answer these questions from the Word of God.

5 comments:

bigwhitehat said...

I'm glad he cares.

Crystal said...

wow I am sure glad he cares....after 3 funerals this week I needed to remember that!
Thanks for the reminder
Blessings

Gayle said...

That's absolutely beautiful, JGF, and what a wonderful and special person he must have been.

I've copied and pasted the hymn. I've never heard it before. I don't know the tune, but I want to commit it to memory. Thank you for that!

Anonymous said...

I found this blog on a search for more information on the writer, Frank E. Graeff and wanted to let you know you can hear the music at www.cyberhymnal.org and click on "D" to find the title, Does Jesus Care.

James & Karen Kingma said...

Boy, did Karen and I need this message! It has been a season of wondering if we have missed it in ministry. We are on the cusp of something awesome for the sabbatical ministry to which the Father has called us, but it seems everything we have done up to this point has gone nowhere. Does Jesus Care? Yes He does! Thank you for your encouragement!!!!