~Does Jesus Care?
E. Graeff was a minister in the Methodist denomination and served some
of its leading churches, in the Philadelphia Conference. Throughout the
district, he was known as the sunshine minister.
In spite of his
outwardly-cheery disposition and winsome personality, Graeff was often
called upon to go through severe testing experiences in his life.
It was while passing
through such a test and experiencing severe despondency, doubt and
physical agony, that Mr. Graeff wrote this hymn, Does Jesus Care?
Rev. Graeff turned
to the Scriptures for solace and strength. First Peter 5:7 became
especially meaningful to him during this particular struggle: “Casting
all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.
phrase, “He careth for you,” spoke deeply to his need. To experience
times of questions and even doubts regarding the nearness of God, as
Frank Graeff did in the verses of this hymn, is only human and normal.
But it is only as a believer comes through such a struggle, with the
firm conviction in the chorus of this hymn—O yes He cares, I know He
cares—that a child of God can be truly victorious.
(1) Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth and song-
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?
CHORUS: O yes, He care- 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.
(2) 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?
(3) Does Jesus care when I've tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong?
When for my deep grief I find no relief,
Tho my tears flow all the night long?
(4) Does Jesus care when I've said good-bye
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks-
Is it aught to Him? does He see?