Many hymns are written during times of great adversity and discouragement when the Lord gives a special song to those in deep need. Charles F. Weigle wrote both the words and music for “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus” during the darkest period of his life.
Weigle was born in 1871 in Indiana. He became rebellious as a young boy and got into trouble with the law, but he was converted when he was 12 years old during revival meetings at his local Methodist Church. After high school, he attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio, receiving training that would later help him in his ministry when he became a Baptist evangelist, preacher, gospel-song writer, and teacher.
Being an itinerant evangelist often kept Charles away from home, leaving his family alone. One day he returned home from meetings to find a note from his wife, saying that she no longer wanted to be the wife of an evangelist. She had left to live a life of worldly pleasure and passed away three years later.
One can only imagine the despair that gripped him. During the years that followed, he sank into a deep depression and even considered taking his own life. He believed that no one could ever love or care for him. His faith had weakened, and it seemed his ministry was finished.
After years of misery and struggle, but with a strong desire to once again experience fellowship with the Lord, his faith gradually strengthened, and he began to sing and preach again. One day he was so amazed at Christ’s love for him that he went to his piano and wrote the song “No one Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus.” This testimony of the healing power of God’s love flooded his soul, and the song was written within 20 minutes.
Charles Weigle spent the last 15 years of his life teaching and inspiring young people at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The college named the music center after him. He continued his ministry until his death in 1966.
Weigle’s song became popular as a solo almost immediately. It became even more well-known when George Beverly Shea sang it at Billy Graham’s evangelistic meetings. However, it’s not in many hymnals and not sung often as a congregational song. But every believer can experience the truth of the song as one rises above life’s trials and pain, knowing that “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus.”
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).
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.
All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me,
All my heart was full of misery and woe;
Jesus placed his strong and loving arms about me,
And he led me in the way I ought to go.
Ev’ry day he comes to me with new assurance,
More and more I understand his words of love;
But I'll never know just why he came to save me,
Till some day I see his blessed face above.
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