For years Sarah had lower back pain that continued to worsen. Her doctor sent her for physiotherapy and she was given 25 stretches to do every day. The pain lessened but not completely. So the doctor ordered x-rays and sent her to another therapist, who instructed her to discontinue the other therapist’s stretches and do only one stretch a day as needed. Surprisingly the one simple stretch worked the best.

Sometimes the simplest truths are the best. When asked to summarise in one sentence his whole life’s work in theology, Karl Barth responded: “Jesus loves me!” Some say he added, “This I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

God’s love for us is evident. He gave His Son to rescue us from ourselves. Christ died on the cross, taking our burden of sin. Then He rose again, giving us new life in Him. Amazing love! As John tells us: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).

Jesus’ love for us isn’t a plaster or a ‘cure-all’ for all of life’s problems of course. But it is the one truth we can always depend on to give purpose to life and peace with God.

The wonder of it all— just to think that Jesus loves me.


Anne Cetas


Our Daily Bread