Jesus Loves Me

829 Words Jan 31st, 2018 3 Pages
In fact, one of the first things I remember from church was sitting in a Sunday school classroom learning this song. We even learned how to sign the song. This song significantly impacts me today because I know the story behind it and I feel that I can better understand Jesus’ love. Anna B. Warner wrote the song, “Jesus Loves Me” in 1860. While growing up, Anna Warner and her sister, Sarah, lived along the Hudson River in New York near a U.S. Military Academy. Every Sunday, Anna taught a Sunday school class to the young cadets in the academy. When the “Panic of 1837” happened, the sisters’ family struggled financially. Money was scarce so Anna and Sarah began to write poems and novels to help provide for their family. Altogether the girls published 106 literary works and co-authored eighteen. The Warner sisters wrote a novel titled Say and Seal about a dying boy, Johnny Fox. At one point in the story, Johnny’s Sunday school teacher cradled Johnny in his arms as he spoke the now famous words, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so…” (Liles; Osbeck, Stories 135-136; Osbeck, Amazing 71).
The poem, “Jesus Loves Me,” was inspired by Mark 10:16, “And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them” (English Standard Version Bible).…