Friday, June 27, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Does Jesus Care?

I've had several songs running through my head this week, but for some reason I keep coming back to this one today. Like so many of the wonderful old hymns, it was inspired by a difficult season in life.

A Methodist minister, Frank Graef was known for his sunny disposition and his optimistic outlook. In fact, he was known as the "sunshine minister" of Philadelphia. But he also experienced many trials in his life. During a time of severe depression, doubt, and physical difficulty, he was comforted by the words found in I Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you. As a result of the assurance he received from this verse, he penned the words of this song.

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions by Kenneth W. Osbeck, 2001

What a blessed comfort that Jesus does indeed care about all we go through. I especially love this version of this comforting song. Like the composer, Mark Lowry is also best known for laughter and Christian comedy, but his faith is deep and true, and you can tell as he sings that this song is indeed a personal testimony.



DOES JESUS CARE?

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

CHORUS:
Oh, 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.

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 tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

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: Frank Graef, 1901
MUSIC: J. Lincoln Hall, 1901

Amy has more songs for your weekend!

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19 comments:

Peggy said...

Thank you Linda...for 1 Peter 5:7
and this hymn...There must be someone that God wants to REMIND of How HE CARES, because they may be walking down a lonely path of despair or need to be lifted!

Thanks for being obedient to that small voice that kept this one !

Blessings & as always..I'm amazed and inspired and so love the background!

Cheryl said...

Linda,

Isn't it great we KNOW Jesus always cares!

Thanks for sharing!
Cheryl

Cristine said...

He cares for us - so many people need to hear that message. Great song. Thanks for posting it.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Oh I love that old song! I sang it as I read it! Thanks Linda!

Melissa Lea said...

Thanks for sharing! Wonderful!

Sita said...

Touches a tender spot today..thank you..
Sita

lana said...

These words are so powerful. I am going to share this with a friend who is truly suffering right now. Thanks for sharing it.

Lisa Ann said...

That's a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing it.

ocean mommy said...

I don't think I will ever get over the thrill I get when I think that GOD, cares about me.

Have a wonderful weekend,
stephanie

Greg or Amy Wyatt said...

Mark Lowry is awesome. Thanks for the great song and post. It is so humbling to know that God cares about me in a very personal way. God Bless, Greg

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I've never heard this one before. What a beautiful reminder for those times when we get bogged down in despair and grief.

Xandra

SharonB said...

Oh YES!! HE Cares for ME!! AMEN! thanks for such a wonderful reminder/encouragement for us all!

Jeno said...

Hi Linda,
Thank you for sharing this song it is beautiful. Also thank you for directions on uploading Amy Grants video of Thy Word. And thank you for welcoming me!!!!

Sara said...

Wow *tears* what a beautiful song! Thank you so much for sharing.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Great song. "Yes, He cares". Sometimes that is all we need to remember. Isn't it?

Tänia said...

And here I sit weeping... as this reminder is touching my heart so deeply. I have been feeling that we are kind of forgotten lately. Thank you... thank you.

Tänia @ www.weirblessed.com/faithprints

beckyjomama said...

LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the great message!

Jai said...

Thank God, Our God ALWAYS cares. What in the world would we do without Him?

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

Linda said...

I have never heard this one before.