“Tramp, Tramp, Tramp”
Do you know that song? It was a brutal Civil War marching song written by George F. Root in 1864 and was sung by soldiers as they marched into battle.
The tune wasn’t destined to remain a battle song. Nope, a lyricist named Clarence Herbert Woolston borrowed the music, gave it new words, and gave the song new life for generations to come.
Who was Clarence Woolston? He was born in 1856 and died in 1927. He was minister, author and writer of hymns and was Pastor of a Philadelphia church.
And his song? You probably know it, have sung it, and even grew up with it. Here is a piece of the song he wrote:
“Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world, red and yellow black and white, Jesus loves all the little children of the world.”
Woolston used the music of a Civil War marching song and transformed it into one of the most beloved songs of all time. Jesus loves the little children. Yep! Here are a couple of verses for you:
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
“He took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them, and blessed them.” Mk 10:16
On Sunday night, our church’s Children’s Ministry performed their Easter Musical,
“It’s All Because of Jesus”
Watching sixty kids sing songs of praise was inspiring; they told the old, old story with young voices and fresh hearts. Jesus loves the little children indeed.
I cried during the performance, which isn’t at all unusual, but I did. Before they came into the Worship Center to start the performance, I had a moment to pray over them. That prayer was granted. There is just something about watching and hearing children sing about Jesus that melts my heart.
I get why Jesus loved kids. I understand why he wanted them to have unhindered access. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
Sure, kids can be loud, busy and constantly moving, even distracting and disruptive at times. But it’s their hearts. Jesus saw their hearts, and the love of a child comes from the very center of their pure and precious hearts.
Thank you Mr. Woolston
Your song is a big hit.