Hymn Study for Homeschoolers is a new series being published weekdays from October 15-26. It’s a simple guide to hymn study that includes free printable notebooking and copywork pages for ten well-loved hymns.
Jesus Loves Even Me
Philip P. Bliss, author of “Jesus Loves Even Me,” was born on July 9, 1838, in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. He grew up in extreme poverty on a farm in a lumber camp. In 1850 Bliss became a Christian and shortly thereafter joined a church in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
Even as a boy, Bliss showed a special talent for music. After a brief training period, he moved to Chicago and began to conduct musical institutes. He was highly regarded by his fellow musicians.
In 1874 D. L. Moody and Major Daniel W. Whittle asked him to join them in full-time evangelistic work. From then until his death two years later, Bliss served with them as special singer and song leader.
The hymn “Jesus Loves Even Me” was written and composed by Bliss after attending a meeting where the song “O How I Love Jesus” was sung often. He thought, “Have I not been singing enough about my poor love for Jesus and shall I not rather sing of His great love for me?”
The hymn became one of the all-time favorite children’s hymns, gaining popularity in both Great Britain and the United States. It was first published in Bliss’s book The Charm for Sunday Schools in 1871.
Philip Bliss and his wife were tragically killed while traveling by train from Pennsylvania to Chicago on December 29, 1876. The train on which they were riding overturned and plunged into a ravine, killing one hundred passengers. Bliss survived the accident but went back into the flames in an attempt to rescue his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss and the other accident victims were buried in a common grave in Ashtabula Cemetery, Ashtabula, Ohio.
The night before the railroad accident, Bliss sang in a special meeting. He said to the audience, “I may not pass this way again.” He then sang “I’m Going Home Tomorrow.” The next day he made his final journey to his eternal home.
I am so glad that our Father in Heav’n
Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n;
Wonderful things in the Bible I see,
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.
I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me.
I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves even me.
Though I forget Him, and wander away,
Still He doth love me wherever I stray;
Back to His dear loving arms I do flee,
When I remember that Jesus loves me.
Oh, if there’s only one song I can sing,
When in His beauty I see the great King,
This shall my song through eternity be,
Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!
Jesus loves me, and I know I love Him;
Love brought Him down my poor soul to redeem;
Yes, it was love made Him die on the tree;
Oh, I am certain that Jesus loves me!
If one should ask of me, how can I tell?
Glory to Jesus, I know very well!
God’s Holy Spirit with mine doth agree,
Constantly witnessing Jesus loves me.
In this assurance I find sweetest rest,
Trusting in Jesus, I know I am blessed;
Satan, dismayed, from my soul now doth flee,
When I just tell him that Jesus loves me.
You can also download sheet music for Jesus Loves Even Me.
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“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: Continue ye in my love.” – John 15:9