Elul 21, 5772 – Teshuvah Day 21 (9/8/12)

Posted: September 8, 2012 in Teshuvah 40 Day Devotional

Psalm 27:10 (NLT) “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.”

When I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior July 4, 1982, this is the first scripture that He gave me and I have loved it ever since. Those who have been rejected understand the hurt and shame that is associated.

Our Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ and our Helper, Holy Spirit will never leave us or forsake us! This thing I have in full assurance. He loves us, no matter what, unconditionally.

Charles Frederick Weigle was born November 20, 1871 in LaFayette, Indiana, into the family of a God-fearing, German-Lutheran baker and his wife. One of twelve children, five boys and seven girls, young Charles was accustomed to hearing his father pray and every morning after breakfast, Bible reading was observed at the family worship time.

When Charles was twelve, the Methodist Church of LaFayette, where his parents attended, was having a series of revival meetings. A great number of his friends and playmates came under conviction and were going forward during the progress of the meeting. This made an quite an impression on young Charles. Even though he resisted longer than most of the others, one night a strong, overpowering realization that he was lost came over him and Charles was converted.

Charles Weigle’s most famous song, No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus, was the product of one of the darkest periods of his life. He spent most of his life as an itinerant evangelist and gospel songwriter. One day after returning home from an evangelistic crusade, he found a note left by his wife of many years. The note simply said she had had enough of an evangelist’s life and was leaving him.

He later said that he became so despondent during the next several years that there were times when he contemplated suicide. He even wondered if anyone really cared for him, but after a time, his faith was again restored and he became active for the Lord again. Soon he felt compelled to write a song that would be a summary of his past tragic experience.

From a heart that had been broken came these words that God gave to comfort him. (I have included the first verse and chorus)

CHORUS
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!
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.

CHORUS
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!

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