'No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus'
"A mantel of grief covered me, but God's grace sustained me."
These words are spoken by many great composers. Their songs give us renewed hope and assurance that if tragedy comes, the disciple of Jesus Christ can overcome the pain. That is the story of Charles Weigle who wrote the words and music to the beautiful hymn, "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus."
As a traveling evangelist, he spent much time away from home conducting preaching missions. But one day he returned to find a note from his wife that she had left him and taken their small daughter. It was a day of despair.
For a few years he felt that no one really cared for him. He cried out to God and stood on the promises of the Bible. Eventually, he was able to write a hymn of faith. We are blessed that it has given comfort and assurance to millions of people in all situations.
The first verse begins: "I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, since I found in Him a friend so strong and true..."
Charles Weigle was born in 1871 in Lafayette, Indiana. As a young boy he heard about God's love and asked Jesus to come into his heart. At 12 years of age he felt a definite call to preach. His life of ministry is descriptive of the Scripture: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6 ).
In everyone's life there are times when we feel all alone. Whether it be a broken marriage, the betrayal of a good friend, the death of a loved one, or just the everyday trials of relationships at the work place. Those are sure signs of a need for deepening one's faith in Jesus who said, "I will not leave you orphans but will come to you." (John 14:18 ).
The chorus after each of the three verses of this hymn makes one feel secure in a loving relationship with our living Lord:
"No one ever cared for me like Jesus, There's no other friend as kind as He.
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me, O how much he cared for me."
Composer and evangelist, Charles Weigle died at age 95. The world may not remember the sermons he preached. But his ministry continues as we sing his beloved hymn of assurance. Our best friend is Jesus, whose love is perfect and everlasting. Praise God!
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