Love Lifted Me ~ James Rowe

Matthew 14: 30-33 (NASB)  But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshipped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”

Rowe and Smith wrote this song in Saug­a­tuck, Con­nec­ti­cut. Ac­cord­ing to Rowe’s daugh­ter:

“How­ard E. Smith was a lit­tle man whose hands were so knot­ted with arth­ri­tis that you would won­der how he could use them at all, much less play the pi­a­no…I can see them now, my fa­ther strid­ing up and down hum­ming a bar or two and How­ard E. play­ing it and jot­ting it down.”

Love Lifted Me

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.


Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me!

All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling
In His blessèd presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs.


Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.


Ht: Cyberhymnal

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

10 thoughts on “Love Lifted Me ~ James Rowe

  1. I have always loved this hymn. Thank you for a good Sunday morning reminder of God’s love!

    I appreciate you visiting on Friday. Sorry the pictures did not show up for you. I think I have remedied that problem–for now. come back anytime!

    Hi Myrna, I’m glad you were reminded of God’s love with this hymn. I’ll come back to see the pictures…blessings.

  2. I grew up singing “Love Lifted Me,” and I still know all the verses. Jesus completely saves!

    Rosemary, Yep, me too. My brother, sister, Dear and I were singing it this week so I decided it was time to post! 🙂

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  4. Hi There,
    James Rowe was my great uncle, and I am trying to find out details of his conversion, or spiritual life to include in my family tree research.

    I would be most grateful for any info.
    PS. great website.
    Brian Richard Rowe.

  5. I have a poem that I discovered among my grandmother’s estate things. It is hand-written and at the end says James Rowe. My relatives were given to keeping copies of poems that meant something to them. If this is your relative’s poem, Brian Richard Rowe, please enjoy!

    Here it is:

    Easter Time

    The beautiful time of Easter
    To me is always sweet
    Because the world seems oh, so bright
    So full of love and joy and light
    To every one I meet.

    The beautiful time of Easter,
    Is always dear to me,
    Because sweet songs make glad the air
    And bells are ringing everywhere
    And lilies fair I see.

    The beautiful time of Easter,
    Is dear to all our hearts
    Because to all our minds it brings
    New thought of life and higher things
    And hope to all imparts.

    The beautiful time of Easter
    Its charm will never lose
    Because of that first Easter morn
    Deaths bonds were all asunder torn
    And Christ our Lord arose.

    James Rowe

  6. Can anyone tell me definitively whether Rowe wrote the lyrics to Give Me The Flowers While I’m Living. And did he ever live in West Tennessee? I’ve always heard that the song was penned in or around Bradford, Tennessee and I’m trying to put some ends together.

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