A Sunday Song – If Ever I Loved Thee

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.                                    ~ William Featherston

This beautiful hymn was written by 16 year old William Featherston.

When I was 16, I knew who I was and where I was going. My vision was clear and life seemed fairly simple. I loved Him because He loved me first.

I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

It’s been almost 40 years since I was 16. I haven’t always known where I was going. My vision has blurred. But, always, He’s loved me.

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

I’m not where I thought I’d be. I’m not who I thought I’d be. I’m blessed beyond measure. He loved me first and loves me always. If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus ’tis now.

Author: Debbie

A former counselor and public speaker, I'm grateful for many, many things - God's grace most of all!

25 thoughts on “A Sunday Song – If Ever I Loved Thee”

  1. “I’m not where I thought I’d be. I’m not who I thought I’d be. I’m blessed beyond measure. ” Boy can I relate to that statement! Life takes its turns but Jesus anticipates it all and guides me through! Thanks!

    1. dear j – Life takes it’s turns – so true. And I’ve taken some, too. I’m so thankful there isn’t a place I ever go alone, even when I’ve found I needed to make a UTurn. 😀
      ~ Debbie

    1. melis – I’ve decided to try to graciously accepting these generous awards on a separate page, which, of course, I haven’t started yet 😀
      But I will soon. I promise.
      ~ Debbie

  2. Imagine children singing it in harmony.

    Never knew a child wrote it. I would have shared that time and time again. Thanks for this, Debbie. Beautiful, as always, full, rich, sweet . . . love your site!

    1. dear katharine – Thanks so much! I’ve had a couple of people tell me how much they don’t like this hymn. Not in a critical way, but more just something they can’t relate to spiritually, though they have a deep faith. It’s been fascinating.
      love and grace to you, kt,

  3. We could have a Deb Sandwich! One deb in the middle, and deb-bread. HOOHA.

    This is beautiful. 16! Really. You are blessed in many ways Debbie. At 16 i had some PBR with the girls on my basketball team and fell on my face. Very naive, and i had no idea where i was going but down … after a little coasting.

    A N Y W A Y , the hymn is so uplifting, and i’ve fogotten how to let God in because i have the same opinions that Jen has. I don’t want to be crushed, but of course we all want to be “helped along the way with unconditional love”. Dogs were doing it for awhile … but now I simply hope that by watching you and

    I will find my way to Grace. Wosh, would that be nice or what. PEACE!

    AND Love, mel

    1. Oh mel – you always make me feel. Sometimes you make me laugh out lout, sometimes your pain breaks my heart, sometimes I’m kind of confused, but in a fun way. You should write a book and call it a Slice of Serendipity! No kidding! 😉
      Grace is a buffet. I hope you won’t stop with just a sandwich! 😀
      love and grace to you,

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful hymn with us. What a sweet gift. Loved it! Thinking about William writing this at 16 . . .wow. And thinking about you then and now, so blessed and blessing others. love you! – the other deb

    1. dear deb – For me (i think this may be a weakness, not a strength) the less sure I am of the answers (I was sure of everything at 16), the more I love Him. 😀
      love and grace, my friend,
      ~ Debbie

  5. Oh WOW, Sis–this is lovely and moving. I’d guess most of us are not who, and where, we expected or dreamed we’d be. But I’m SO with you–blessed, blessed, blessed BIG. I wouldn’t trade, or change anything, for all I have of Jesus now. That He loves me, is solid in my heart and mind, never to be lost–and I love Him back with a crazy-big-grateful love! Love you too, Sis!–God bless you today, Caddo

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