No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus

Author & Composer – Charles Weigle, 1871 – 1966
Written in 1932

Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. I Peter 5:7

Charles Weigle

Charles Frederick Weigle was born, November 20, 1871, in LaFayette, Indiana. He was raised in a Christian home. The family that included 12 children attended Sunday School and church each week. As a boy, Charles was accustomed to hearing his father pray; and Bible reading was observed at family worship every morning immediately following breakfast. During a revival when he was 12 years old, Weigle gave his life to Christ after being under conviction for some time. He began to read the Bible. In its pages he found the proper attitudes toward life, and this helped him to control his bad temper and put an end to his fighting with his brothers and neighbor boys. As people watched him grow daily, they remarked about the great change that had come over him since he had accepted the Lord.

Weigle had a keen interest in music and enrolled in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He had an ambition to be a baritone soloist. However, it was not strong enough to sidetrack his interest in spiritual things and he became a preacher and evangelist. He began writing hymns during his ministry. The first song he wrote was “I Am Glad I Came Home.” He wrote more than 1,000 hymns. Perhaps Weigle is best known for the song “No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus.”

The hymn was written after a time of great sorrow and loss in Weigle’s life. After he was called to be an evangelist, his wife came to him one day and said, “I’m leaving, Charlie. I don’t want to live the life you are living. I want to go the other way—to the bright lights.” Their only child, a daughter, left with her. That very night he saw them off on a train to the other side of the country. His wife died as a consequence of a life of sin a few years after she left.

Historian Kenneth Osbeck, author of the book “Amazing Grace”, writes more about Weigle: ‘There was the terrible despair that no one really cared for him anymore. Gradually his spiritual faith was restored, and he once again became active in Christian ministry.” He remarried and continued in evangelism and hymn writing.

After about five years, he began to write songs again. One evening in 1932, sitting at the piano his mind drifted back over the past years, and remembered God’s goodness and sustaining grace that saw him through those dark days. Suddenly, words sprang to his lips: “No one ever cared for me like Jesus.” The words continued to flow as did the melody until the chorus was composed. In thirty minutes, the entire song was completed.
It was ready to be published within a week. It has been published in over thirty different languages.

In 1951, when he was 80 years old, Weigle moved to the campus of Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga to spend his remaining years helping to train and inspire young people in the Lord’s work. He lived there for 15 years. During those years, Tennessee Temple built a music center and named it the Weigle Center. On his 95th birthday, a party was held for him in the city auditorium, and he sang “No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus.” He died a few days later.
Weigle’s sermons may not be remembered, but his ministry lives on as we sing his hymn of assurance.

Used by permission Way of Life Literature, Inc.