Jesus Loves Me - According to Cora

This video is from Magnolia's first birthday. Cora was singing songs at the piano and she started singing "No, Jesus don't love me." She'd been singing this version for about a week. She went to camp over the summer, and one of the songs that the music guy taught the little kids really messed up her image of Jesus for a while. It's a weird song, most people agreed on that point. Anyway, I'm pretty sure she's back to loving Jesus, but this video caught her on the fence ideas about when/if she really wanted Jesus to love her.

Here's what I got of her saying:

It’s just a little song. No I just play a whole bunch of songs

They are weak but he is strong.


Jesus loves me when I am nice to my grandma.

Yes Jesus loves me. Yes Jesus loves me. Yes Jesus loves me. The bible tells him so.

Yes Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me He is strong.

Sometimes Jesus don’t love me.

But there’s no way…

How to die…

That’s a great song.

PS: The song to avoid if you want to avoid mass confusion about Jesus in a three-year-old is this:

"If I had a little white box to put my Jesus in,

I'd take him out and "kiss kiss kiss"

And share him with my friends.

If I had a little black box to put the devil in,

I'm take him out and SMASH HIM IN THE FACE (yes, this part was yelled)

And put him right back in."

I think she got the whole smash him in the face and Jesus part mixed up. I can't blame her, I was disturbed by the song too, and I know the difference.

PSS: This video was shot over a month and a half ago, but I just got it from the friend who shot it. She's back to singing the normal version now. This was just the last half of her singing that we caught on video. It was just so funny to listen to her pounding out this tune. She LOVED camp. (LOVED is an understatement, she talks about going all the time - it's been fun trying to teach her what once a year means) This was just one of those quirky little things that only a three-year-old could glean from that song. I'm sure she'll be at camp every year for as long as she can go, and I will be glad for her because I think it's a wonderful place.


  1. The church camp Cora went to was a camp full of loving people who love Jesus and teach those who attend just how much Jesus loves everyone. And not just when she's nice to Grandma either. The song that Willie sang is a common Christian song (definitely not my favorite and certainly not my favorite for a group of 3 year olds). In one of our recent conversations, Cora told me she didn't like ME (and looked at me out of the corner of her eye while doing so)...and I know Cora loves ME. I think some of this is to get a reaction out of us (and it does). I'm sorry if you think going to camp with me confused her about Jesus.

  2. I love how little kids can get things mixed up sometimes :) It reminds me of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary.



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