Thursday, July 24, 2008

Does Jesus Care?

On the sidebar you will see a feature I've had for a while now, called "A Post That Will Touch You." I do hope that you have the time to check out the post called "Hello, Little One" by a very close friend of mine. These posts are self-explanatory. Since she's been making updates after I started writing this a couple of days ago, maybe you might want a link to the blog itself, where you will surely be blessed by this young mother's letters to her unborn child. Pray for my friends Mark and Beka, please. Some time ago I posted a poem that Beka wrote and many of you who come here are familiar with her blog.

Also, our church is currently trying to minister to a family which recently started attending our services. They are a dear family, who have quickly become comfortable with our people and with our ministry. This week Mr. A. went to his mother's home and found her dead--she had died a couple of days before. Needless to say, this sudden death is a shock to him and his wife and their children. They, too, are seeing dark days right now and need prayer. Pray for our congregation as many of us have to drop other less important things to try to help them conduct a funeral service.

I wanted to dedicate something to these two families today, so I looked for a hymn. The following is the one that spoke to me as the one I should give them. What are you going through today, dear reader? Whatever it may be, if you are a child of God through faith in His Son, Jesus, these words hold true for you, too:

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?

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?

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.

~Frank E. Graeff


Beverly said...

This is a beautiful hymn - and I know it will be an encouragement to our dear friends.

Jodi said...

Oh, indeed He does care. What a beautiful hymn of comfort. Praying for Mark & Beka and their wee one and praying for Mr. and Mrs. A and family.

Mimi said...

thank you for your concern for my sweet husband.

We believe that after a second surgery he is definitely on the mend and will soon be back to his light hearted self.

I have Mark and Beka and their little one in my prayers (knowing that God is in control)

and I will add Mr & Mrs. A. and their family to my prayer journal as they are going through this most heart breaking time of loss of their Mr. A's mother.
Your hymn selection is such a great hymn of comfort...
thank you for posting the words

blessings ,

Sharon said...

That is such a sweet hymn and I pray these family members will know that Jesus loves them and will comfort them.

Cathy said...

A sweet post, Maxine ~
Praying for the families ~
Your music is lovely, sounds like some I have played before ~

Mishel said...

A beautiful and fitting hymn Maxine, for both of these families. Praying for each of them...


I love the hymn. I will be praying for your friends. What a blessing to have you as their friend. connie from Texas

Dorothy Bowen Klass said...

I love you website, the music is so soothing and uplifting. Also, you heart for prayer and concern for others is truly refreshing.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

What a very dear hymn that is indeed. It's so good to know our Savior cares. He knows our every need. I will be praying for your friends.