5th Oct, 2008

One Email Forward I Read

I have a confession. You may share it as well. I don’t always read email forwards. When I see mass email forwards I more often think “easy delete” than I think “oooh, I wonder if it has an inspirational message!”

Anyway, I took a moment to read this email forward from my mom and dad. I’m glad I did because I thought it captured so much of God’s message to us.

While watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I watched a Church in Atlanta , GA honoring one of its 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 gate 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 heart break and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me.. The only thing that would comfort was this:

‘Jesus loves me this I Know.

For the Bible tells me So.

Little ones to Him Belong,

They are weak but He is strong….

Yes, Jesus loves Me.

Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves Me.

The Bible tells me so.’

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That’s it! Thank you.

That’s IT! Thank you!

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