"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
Remember the song “Jesus Loves Me”? So simple, yet so powerful. I ran across it the other day and looked up the history (get out your kleenex):
Back in 1860, Anna Warner wrote it as a 3 stanza poem to comfort a dying child (over the years a chorus & other verses were added).
Here’s how it was originally:
“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; though I’m very weak and ill,
From His shinning 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”
Knowing the background drives it in deeper for me! As a child I was on death’s doorstep. I’m sure my mom sang these very words to me as a 6 week old suffering from spinal meningitis not knowing what the future held.
Suffering is everywhere in our world. It’s part of how sin has wrecked us. From the injustices done to innocent people, to the sicknesses of an innocent little child. Life is fragile, but God’s love is forever! No matter what you face, Christian, remember this: it will never separate you from God’s love!