A church in Atlanta was honoring one of it’s senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at  that age.

After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as  the applause quieted down, he rose from his high back chair and  walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gait to the podium.  Without a note or written paper of any kind he placed both hands on  the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak….

“When I was asked to come here today and talk  to you, your pastor  asked me to tell you what was the greatest  lesson ever learned in my  50-odd years of preaching.  I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in  my  life and  sustained me through all my trials. The one thing that I could always  rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed  me. the only thing that would comfort was this verse…….. .

“Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
we are weak but He is strong…..
Yes, Jesus loves  me….
The Bible tells me so.”

When he finished, the church was quiet. You actually could  hear his foot steps as he shuffled back to his chair. I don’t believe I will ever  forget it.  A pastor once stated, “I always noticed that it was  the adults who  chose the children’s hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me’ (for the children of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best.

“Senior version of Jesus Loves Me”

Here is a new version just for us who have white hair or no  hair at all. For us over middle age (or even those almost there) and all you others, check out this newest version of Jesus Loves Me.


Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.



Though my steps are oh, so  slow,
With my hand in His I’ll go
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.


When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am  near.”


When my work on earth is done,
And life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I’ll understand His love.


I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.



1 John 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

Trust God for your day, ….Today