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Frank Graeff was a Methodist pastor, serving some of the leading churches in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And throughout the area, he was known as the “Sunshine Minister,” because of his optimistic attitude. he was an encouragement to everyone who knew him. However, what those people never knew was that Frank Graeff went through some enormous times of trial and temptation and many times of intense, personal grief. One evening, as he looked to the Word of God, he came to this verse in 1Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” It leapt out to him and discovered to him a new joy. He was so touched that he wrote a hymn, “Does Jesus Care?”

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained

Too deeply for mirth or song,

As the burdens press, and the cares distress

And the way grows weary and long?

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,

His heart is touched with my grief;

When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,

I know my Saviour cares.

We read in response to Jairus’ request, “Jesus went with him”, and Jesus goes with us too, and He cares about our grief’s and our pains, He walks with us in our trials and temptations.

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