what a friend we have in Jesus
Perhaps you are familiar with the old gospel hymn ‘What a friend we have in Jesus.” There is a childhood version of the same idea that many of us in the Protestant tradition learned in Sunday school:
Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong.
We are weak and he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
The Bible tells me so.
A friend of mine who serves on the faculty of a local seminary, told me of a sign he saw on one of his colleague’s office door. It said “Jesus knows me this I love.”
What a profound understanding of our humanity and our call to be Jesus’ disciples. To be fully known is the most deeply intimate (and scariest) of all possibilities. What binds many of our relationships – spouses, friends, colleagues is what they know of us and what we know of them.
The Christian faith tells us that God in Jesus knows our deepest longings, hopes and pains—and in spite of them we are loved to the core of our being. On a human level “You will always be my best friend. You know too much” is a truth that can lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and how much those friendships really mean.
“Jesus knows me this I love.”
May you know that more and more as your journey into God’s dream for all of us and the creation.