And frankly, my heart is aching tonight. Friends are hurting, and I am hurting for and with them. I have all kinds of hopes and dreams and plans for the blog, and I'm especially excited about the concert post right now, but always, people come first. And tonight has been one of those times that the list and the posting schedule got pushed aside for friends in need.
Anyone who's read much here knows that music is always a balm to my heart, hymns in particular. I've been sitting here tonight listening to my favorite arrangement of this hymn, a duet with Guy Penrod and George Beverly Shea, and thinking how powerful the words are. No matter what we go through, ever, no matter how impossible or horrific it seems...He cares for us.
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?
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?
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.
~Frank E. Graeff
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