When I was a little girl my mother taught me a children’s song, “Oh playmate, Come out and play with me / And bring your dollies three / Climb up my apple tree / Slide down my rain barrel / Into my cellar door / And we’ll be jolly friends /Forever more.”
I am 70 years old and I still remember that song, along with many other such silly songs. I also remember sitting in the grass picking yellow dandelions, pulling off one petal at a time and calling out, “He loves me; he loves me not,” with each. Funny the things we remember from our childhood.
“He loves me, He loves me not.” Is that the way we think of our relationship with Christ Jesus? When things are going well, we have health, good finances, and answered prayers, “He loves me.” When the times are tough, circumstances are trying, or God seems silent to our needs, “He loves me not.”
It is during those “He-loves-me-not” times that we need to remember another song from our childhood, “Jesus Loves Me This I know.”
Take a moment and listen as Marshall Hall sings that wonderful children’s song. I hope you like his rendition, but if not, you cannot help but love the reaction of the audience. You can see it on the faces of all ages–they have come to the last petal and they know, “He loves me.” Yes, He really, really loves us.