By: Donna Rudolph

During the years my father pastored churches, (quite a few actually), my mother and father sang in several quartets. In Ohio, they were called “The Carrier Quartet”, we moved to North Carolina and they were called “The New Covenant Quartet”, just to name a few.  In either case they sang a beautiful song called, “Do You Know My Jesus?”. My mother had a wonderful singing voice and sang the lead part. From that time to now, I can still hear her singing these words:

Have you a heart that’s weary
Tending a load of care
Are you a soul that’s seeking rest
From the burden you bear?

Do you know my Jesus
Do you know my friend
Have you heard he loves you
And that he will abide till the end?

Who knows your disappointments
Who hears each time you cry
Who understands your heartaches
Who dries the tears from your eyes

Do you know my Jesus
Do you know my friend
Have you heard he loves you
And that he will abide till the end?

Have you heard he loves you
And that he will abide till the end?

My mother would sing around the house as she went about her daily chores. She sang so often that I still remember all the words to just about everything she sang. It brought me great comfort during sad or troubling times and continues to bring me comfort now. My heart grows heavy sometimes when I think of my father, and how I miss him. As my mother grows older and more dependent on having help with daily things, it weighs down my heart as I realize that she won’t be around forever. As it stands now, I can’t imagine my life without her. She is my best friend. My mother has always been there for me, as I am the daughter who needed it most. She has been such a great role model and still is, to this day, I lean on her a lot. She has always been steadfast, unmoving. I have never known of her faith to waiver. Clearly Jesus is her Savior and friend. I know I will see her again as I will see my dad, but just having her to talk to, get advice or just enjoying her company is so very precious.

I know we all get weary of having so much to do in these busy times, I must remind myself to stop and enjoy the people around me now. It’s so easy to get caught up in life, work, our own families, our own agenda. We need to slow down, enjoy each other and realize just how precious our family and friends are to us. It doesn’t hit home until

someone gets sick, hurt or passes away, then it’s too late to spend time with them or get their advice. Just to tell them we love them, one more time. I realize that life does not go on forever, there is an ending to all our stories.

Are you burdened? Do you have a heavy heart? Is there pain and sickness in your life? Do you have problems that overwhelm you?

Psalm 55:22 

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”


Let the Lord have your burdens to carry. He never meant for us to carry them alone!


Matthew 11:29-30 

 “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

On this Valentine’s Day, give your heart to Jesus. It will be the wisest and best decision you will ever make. It will last throughout eternity. You need Him in your life just to get through it. How does anyone go through life and all the pain that comes with it, without God?

When life gets too much to bear, when your pain is overwhelming, when you don’t know where to turn, trust in Jesus. He is there, waiting with outstretched arms. He wants you to run to Him. He wants to comfort you, give you the desires of your heart, carry your burdens for you. He loves you with an everlasting love. Do you know my Jesus? Do you know my friend? Have you heard He loves you? And that He will be with you till the end?


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