He loves you

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After of series of attempts to begin a post this evening, now 11:30P.M., the lyrics of this song continued to play over and over in my head until I looked them up. Kurt Kaiser, “one of the greatest musicians that Christianity has ever known”, wrote the hymn. In 1992 he received a special Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for his contribution to the Christian music industry.¹

An interesting fact is that Kurt pulled the words, “Oh how He loves you and me” out from a note he wrote to himself years later and he quickly composed a hymn as it came to him. When he submitted it to Washington for copyright, the reply was that “there was not enough original lyric to warrant granting a copyright.” Disappointed, Kurt resubmitted the lyrics to receive the copyright by adding a companion verse,

Jesus to Calv’ry did go,
His love for mankind to show.
What He did there brought hope from despair.
Oh, how He loves you, Oh, how He loves me,
Oh how He loves you and me.

Since 1975, this simple hymn has stirred many hearts and souls.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:11²

God understands we are flesh and He promises to work through us as we draw near to Him¹—by reading the Word, through prayer and worship and opening our heart to Him. Only then is God invited to transform us to see others through His eyes and Love through us.

¹http://southwood.typepad.com/southwoodlutheran/2009/02/oh-how-he-loves-you-and-me.html
²John 15: 4, Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
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