2020-05-28 No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus

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Charles Weigle was an Itinerant evangelist.  One day after preaching at a gospel crusade, he came home to find a note from his wife. She did not care for the life she led because of being an evangelist's wife and she was leaving him.

The next few years were a time of despair for Weigle. He even wondered if anyone really cared for him. After a time, his faith was again restored and he became active for the Lord again. During this time he wanted to put to paper a song that would share the feelings he had experienced while during his despondent days. From his heart came the words and the tune for the hymn, "No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus."

https://www.collegeoftheopenbible.com/hymn-history-no-one-ever-cared-for-me-like-jesus.html

I will forever associate this beautiful hymn with my uncle, Wilmer Holifield.  Uncle Wilmer was the kind of person who owned any room he walked into. He had a loud, infectious laugh, he gave the biggest, tightest bear hugs, and he was always quick to tell a story with a funny ending (and ANY story could have a funny ending if Uncle Wilmer was telling it!).  He loved my Aunt Janell with a passion - almost as much as he loved her good cooking!  He delighted in being with family and hosting family reunions. I will always cherish my memories of Thanksgiving reunions in Taylorsville, where he and Aunt Janell lived and raised their family.

One thing he was passionate about more than anything else, though, was his love for Jesus. Although a businessman by trade (he owned a hardware store in Taylorsville, along with several other businesses), Uncle Wilmer was always in demand to lead music at revivals all throughout Smith County, Jones County, and surrounding areas. He was known far and wide for his beautiful, rich tenor voice, and he used it to glorify God every chance he got. 

Uncle Wilmer died in 2003 following complications from a stroke. At his funeral, they played a recording of him singing this song. I will never forget the lasting impression of hearing the love and joy in his voice as he gave his witness one last time. How wonderful to know that when you are called home, whether it is a day from now, a week, or years from now, you will be going to the One who loves you most!

18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT)

I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
I would tell you how He changed my life completely,
He did something that no other friend could do.

No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
O how much He cared for me.

All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me,
All my heart was full of misery and woe;
Jesus placed His strong and loving arms about me,
And He led me in the way I ought to go.

Ev'ry day He comes to me with new assurance,
More and more I understand His words of love;
But I'll never know just why He came to save me,
Till some day I see His blessed face above.

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell