Joseph M. Scriven penned these words 1855, but the still remain pertinent today.  I have many friends who are facing difficulties in this world.  Many I have never met, some are closer than actual family, and there are those who I haven’t seen in years.  We need people in our lives to lift us up.  Even those who spread words of great inspiration need to be lifted up from time to time.  We need those we can count on in time of distress.  Our hearts are  grateful when we can depend on them for help, but we only need one friend – Jesus.

When our road is difficult, He’s always at our side to help us through it and lead us on the right path.  When our hearts hurt because nothing seems to be going as we wish, He knows our pain.  He suffered more than we could ever endure upon the cross.  When our minds are filled with confusion or despair, He is the only One who can take our hand and truly sympathize with us.

Jesus is our forever friend throughout life and will be there in eternity.  What a friend we have in Jesus.

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, 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 thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt 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.

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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4 Responses to WHAT A FRIEND

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever read the whole song–thank you for this. I’ve grown much more appreciative of the old hymns than when I was younger. Such doctrine and beauty.


    • atimetoshare.me says:

      So true. When I was in grade school we had to memorize some of the old hymns. I’m glad I did, because they are almost as comforting as Bible verses and can be used to alleviate some of the trials of daily living.

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    I just love that song, Kathy; it’s one of my favorite Hymns. Another fellow and I used to sing it now and then, then he moved off so no more. Our choir also sings a re arranged version that is very nice.

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