Saturday, August 14, 2010

Anna Bartlett Warner

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Hymn Writer, Author 1827-1915

God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NIV

After theologian Karl Barth had given a lengthy dissertation, a reporter asked him to summerize what he had just said. Barth thought a moment, then said,"Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so."
This is also the title of one of the world's best loved hymns, a song that has been translated into languages wherever the gospel is preached. When China was closed under Communism, little was heard of Chinese Christians. In 1972 a letter came through with this sentence,"The 'this I know' people are well." The message passed through censors, but Christians understood the meaning.
The writer of this hymn, Anna Warner, and her sisiter lived on the Hudson River near the military academy of West Point. For more than fifty years, the sisiters regularly conducted Bible classes for cadets in their home. When Anna died at ninety-five, she was given military honors at West Point.
Missionaries have often used Anna's song to explain the gospel. Once in the Canadian wilderness, a man heard the strains of the tune sung in French. He asked the Eskimo where he had heard the song. "At the mission," came the reply.
If the scriptures are hard for you to understand or you're confused by doctrine, forget the arguments and repeat the simple words, "Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so." That's all you need to know.
From Jewel Johnson's Daily Devotions for Women.

Thanks to Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays.

singing birds


Whidbey Woman said...

Always interesting to hear these stories of women of faith and the contribution they have made!
Happy Spiritual Sunday.

Virginia said...

Great post.Praise the Lord for women of faith....
Sweet Blessings,

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'm really enjoying you posts on the women of faith. Thank you so much.

Barbara said...

Wonderful blog today! What a great woman of faith Anne was and what a hymm!

Hugs XX

Renee said...

So interesting to read about these women...and the hymn Jesus loves simple and yet so profound...Thanks for sharing this today.

Charlotte said...

Wow, Lisa, thank you for sharing this wonderful information with us.

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donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

Good Morning Lisa!
Tugged at the heart strings this did!
I guess I never thought about how something so simple as the words to a song I was taught, taught my children and others in Sunday school could be such a powerful outreach tool!
It's fun to hear a little history of the tune~Thank you!

sarah said...

I love reading this stories of the people who made a difference...thanks Lisa...and I am so grateful...that Jesus loves us...

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK Real Estate Info for the Sandwich Generation said...

Hi, I love to hear the history of the lovely old praise and worship hymn songs. This is one I have sung often as my grandkids and I love singing activities for grandparents and their grandchildren. I was also touched by the Chinese missionary part of it. What a great idea! :)

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

This is such a wonderful song, I sing it often to my grandchildren.Thank-you for this great information.

myletterstoemily said...

oh! i love your spiritual sundays so much.
what a remarkable story that reminded
me of ". . . and if not" from the battle of

this i know!!!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

What a beautiful post, Lisa, I had not read about her and knew nothing about where this originated. It's so wonderful that little children even grasp the message of this beautiful hymn.

Ruth said...

what a beautiful post! i certainly love this song 'cause its one of my favourites..:)

Thanks for stopping by my place!!


Michelle said...

Lisa, I loved this post. This was the first song I learned in church...and the one that I will always cherish...and will hum in my head every now and then. :))

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Laura said...

Hi Lisa-

It is a hot summer, isn't it?
This is a wonderful post on another special lady.

What are you reading,

White Spray Paint

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Kelee Katillac said...

Women are so strong and talented!

Thank-you for sharing this Lisa!

love, kelee

Melissa Miller said...

This is wonderful Lisa. Thank you for sharing. :)

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