1 John 4:19 says,

We love because he first loved us.

Back in the 70’s, Bill Gaither wrote a simple little song with simple little message.

I Am Loved

CHORUS
I am loved, I am loved
I can risk loving you
For the One who knows me best
Loves me most
I am loved you are loved
Won’t you please take my hand
We are free to love each other
We are loved

VERSE 1
I said if You knew You wouldn’t want me
My scars are hidden by the face I wear
He said my child My scars go deeper
It was love for you that put them there

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Forgiven I repeat it I’m forgiven
Clean before my Lord, I freely stand
Forgiven I can dare to love my brother
Forgiven I reach out to take your hand

CHORUS

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We are free to love each other, we are loved

The Bill Gaither Trio recorded it, and the simple little song was an enormous hit! It became the theme for their concerts.  My step dad took me to see them that year. I think I was about 15.

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Flyer from the concert I attended
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The inside of the flyer with a message from the Gaithers on the left, and the song lyrics on the right.
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A closeup of the message from the Gaithers.

Everyone was wearing these pins. Churches were giving them out.

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 I Am Loved Pin

Yes, I am a pack rat.

You can hear the original Bill Gaither Trio recording here, but I’m adding a live version by the Gaither Vocal Band, posted to YouTube by nashvillehigh. At the beginning, Bill talks about those concerts back in the 70’s.

The message hasn’t changed.

I am loved!

You are loved!

See you in church!

Connie

 

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