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Does Jesus Care?
by Jane Winstead
04/13/10
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Does Jesus Care?

Casting all your care upon Him; for he careth for you. (I Peter 5:7, KJV)

Recently my husband and I were driving to our home in the Central Sierra Mountains. It is a three hour drive, which always gives me time to think and reflect. We were listening to a CD of Gaither music and my mind wandered back to a time in my life during the Korean War. The words of the hymns, “Does Jesus Care” came to mind. I sang the words silently to myself as I drifted back to my youth.

When the Korean War broke out many of the young men in my graduation class joined the reserves. After graduation the class went their separate ways; many of us stayed in touch but we lost track of others. Several of the young couples got married; many students went on to college or to work. As happens when our country is in crisis the young men in the reserves were called to serve in the military. Three of my dear friends lost their lives in the Korean War. Skippy Russenberger, who had gone into the Army, was the first one to lose his life. Next we received word that Pete Drear, who had gone into the Marines, had been killed. The last one to lose his life from our class was Gordon Adams, also a Marine.

After I graduated, my family and I moved to California. One Saturday in 1954 my girl friend in Arkansas called to tell me that Gordon Adams had been killed in action. I couldn’t believe it. Of all the fellows in school, he was the one that was least expected to lose his life, and yet, God had chosen to take him. On Sunday morning I attended church with my family. Throughout the service I wept thinking about Gordon who had so recently lost his life. Just before the pastor’s message, a wonderful lady in our church sang a special number. It was the hymn, “Does Jesus Care.” How appropriate. God knew my heart was breaking, not only at the loss of Gordon, but of Skippy and Pete and all the other young men who had given their lives in the Korean War. Even though I was heartbroken, I found comfort in that song knowing that Jesus really did care about the grief I was suffering that Sunday morning. The words of that song are buried deep in my heart and I have never forgotten them.

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

(Refrain)

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

(Refrain)

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

This hymn was written in 1901 by Frank E. Graeff. Frank E. Graeff was born on December 19, 1860 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. Frank E. Graeff was raised and educated in the “Pennsylvania Dutch” country. He felt God’s call to full time ministry early in his life. Frank E. Graeff became a Methodist preacher where he served some of the foremost churches in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. In addition to being a pastor, he wrote the words to more than 200 hymns. Frank E. Graeff also wrote a novel.

Because of his simple faith, his cheerful disposition and his eternal optimism he became known as the “Sunshine Minister.” Even though the children called him their “special friend” he was well loved by everyone who knew him.

Despite the fact that he was loved and successful in his ministry, Frank E. Graeff endured some incredibly difficult trials in his life. He suffered despondency, uncertainty and physical suffering. In desperation, as so many of us do, Frank E. Graeff turned to God’s Word for comfort. After much prayer and mediation on the truth of I Peter 5:7, God inspired Frank E. Graeff to write the lines of his poem, which was set to music by J. Lincoln Hall.

Frank E. Graffe died July 29, 1919 at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norristown Pennsylvania.

A few months after that Sunday morning service in 1954, the wonderful lady that comforted me with the song, “Does Jesus Care” went home to be with Jesus. I wasn’t aware that she suffered from a heart condition. Now she is singing with the Angels.


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