Al Smith in his, “Treasury of Hymn Histories” tells the story of Frank Graeff, a preacher who was going through such a deep and heartbreaking experience that his, “Whole attitude had become one of depair and defeat.” He had lost sight of the One who cares. Smith said, “Each day saw him slipping deeper into the ‘slough of depair.’ Graeff’s despair is preserved in song. He wrote,
Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress
And the way grows weary and long?
Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?
Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?
Does Jesus care when I’ve said ‘goodbye’
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?
These were the words of a discouraged soul. However, one day when he felt he could stand it no longer and had come to an end of the road- in his extremity, he began to sing a song written seventy-five years earlier by a man who empathized with Graeff’s emotions. Joseph Scriven wrote,
What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.
After contemplating these words, Graeff dropped to his knees and began to pour out his heavy heart to the One who cared. Peace came flooding into his soul, and he wrote,
Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.
Regardless what you might be facing today, Jesus knows and cares! First Peter chapter five and verse seven says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for HE CARETH FOR YOU!”