A True Friend

I'm quite disappointed with the attitude of some folks. This hymn, originally written by Joseph M. Scriven (1855) to comfort his mom who was across the sea from him in Ireland, pretty much sums up my feelings on life and friendship ...

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He'll take and shield thee; thou will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear.
May we ever, Lord be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer.
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Matthew 28:20b - "And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."


single lutheran said...

I love this song too!! I remember singing it a lot when I was younger. Thanks for sharing.

-single lutheran


Jane said...

Ya, this song is an all time favourite and it'll still be relevant for many years to come. :)