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No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus
Words and music by Charles F. Weigle, 1871-1966
 
It is not difficult to sing when all is going well.  Charles Weigle’s song, “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus,” was the product of one of the darkest periods of his life.  Charles was born in Lafayette, Indiana on November 20th, 1871.  He was converted at the age of twelve and spent most of his adult life as an itinerant evangelist and gospel songwriter.  One day after returning home from an evangelistic crusade, he found a note left by his wife of many years.  The note said she had had enough of an evangelist’s life.  She was leaving him to “go to the world” to “get the things that she felt were owed to her.”
 
Weigle became so despondent during the next several years that there were times he even contemplated suicide.  He was oppressed by terrible despair and thoughts that no one cared for him anymore.  But it was during one of those low times when God spoke to his heart and reminded him, “Charlie, I haven’t forgotten you.  I still care for you.”  Gradually his spiritual strength and faith were restored, and he once again became active in Christian ministry. 
 
In less than five years his wife was dead, but not before admitting her foolishness.  While reflecting on his past experiences and the goodness of God, he was urged once again to write a song.  It was the first song he had written since his world had fallen apart and would turn out to be his most well known and beloved.  He would testify, “the lyric came as fast as I could write it down.”
 
                I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus
                Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
                I would tell you how He changed my life completely –
                He did something that no other friend could do.
 
                No one ever cared for me like Jesus;
                There’s no other friend so kind as He;
                No one else could take the sin and darkness from me –
                O how much He cared for me!