When the great theologian Karl Barth was asked how he would sum up the gospel, he did not refer to the massive volumes he had written about the faith. Instead, he said simply, “Jesus loves me, this I know.” Jesus’ love is personal. Each of us is the “me” he loves, from birth and death. He won’t let go of any of us. A wisp of a child and her great-great-grandmother both belong in the song “Jesus Loves Me.”
This message is adapted from “Anna Bartlett Warner” written by Karen Bates in the February 1993 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.