Wednesday, November 8, 2017


“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13 KJV

Eliza Edmunds Hewitt wrote a beautiful heart touching hymn about Jesus “The Very Friend I Need”.  These words are so true. “When I drink the cup of sorrow, When I tread the path of grief, Jesus is the very Friend I need; In His Word is consolation, In His presence sweet relief, Jesus is the very Friend I need.”

I have a lot of good friends who I love but they have to leave and go home.  Jesus never leaves me.  He has been with me every minute since I gave my heart to Him on August 14, 1980.  It was Jesus Who came to me so many years ago when I was lying under a bed in a mental hospital with no desire to live.

Someone asked me if it is difficult for me to write about my past.  The answer is yes.  I had crawled under the bed in the mental hospital because I had been abused physically and emotionally and was afraid.  Jesus put His loving arms of compassion around me and told me it was safe to come out.

Jesus told me that He loves me and that He will never leave me and He hasn’t left me.  Is it any wonder why I love Jesus after all He has done for me?  He told me that He loves me.  Nobody had ever said “I love you, Joanne” until Jesus told me that day.  One happy day I will see my precious Saviour face to face.

Do you understand yet how much Jesus loves you?  He died for you and shed His blood on the cross for your sins.  He had never done anything wrong yet He allowed them to beat Him beyond recognition and crucify Him for your sins.  O how He loves you.

Joanne Lowe
November 8, 2017

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