Jesus, the “Lord of the Small”

About a week and a half ago I was listening to a song called “Lord of the Small” on and was so blessed by its presentation of the Lord’s tenderness toward His creatures, especially the weak. It reminded me of the Messiah’s tenderness toward those whom He healed (Matt 15:29ff.) I shared it with one of our pastors the day that a young lady named Jennifer Norris passed away in the community where I live. It was later sung at a memorial service for Jennifer at our church (Grace Church of Mentor).

The text of the song (below) was written by Johanna Anderson, and it was originally commissioned by the parents of Erin Buenger. Erin was a courageous young lady who passed away after a remarkable fight with cancer.

Praise to the Lord of the small broken things,
Who sees the poor sparrow that cannot take wing,
Who loves a lame child and the wretch in the street,
Who comforts their sorrows and washes their feet.

Praise to the Lord of the faint and the frail,
Who girds them with courage and lends them His aid.
He pours out His Spirit on vessels so weak
That the timid can serve and the silent can speak.

Praise to the Lord of the frail and the ill,
Who heals their afflictions, Who carries them till
They leave this life frame and to paradise fly
To never be sick and never to die.

Praise Him, O praise Him, all ye who yet live
Who’ve been given so much and can so little give,
Our frail, lisping praise God will never despise
He sees His dear children through mercy filled eyes.

Dan Forrest wrote the music, and you can listen to his arrangement on his website at

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