What a Friend we have in Jesus

by Joseph M. Scriven, 1855

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 you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you;
you 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.

 

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About the hymn: Joseph Scriven (1918-1886) of Seapatrick Ireland was educated at Trinity College. The night before he was to marry, his fiance drowned. In 1846 he moved to Ontario, Canada where he was a teacher and a tutor. He was engaged once more to an Eliza Roche who also died shortly before their wedding date. He dedicated the remainder of his life to helping the aged. In Jesus he found “a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share”. His source of comfort inspired this hymn which he wrote for his mother, who was across the sea from him in Ire­land. It was orig­in­al­ly pub­lished anon­y­mous­ly. It was not until 30 years later that Scriv­en re­ceiveed full cred­it for the hymn. Charles C. Converse wrote the music in 1868. During World War I the tune was borrowed to go along with the song “When the Bloody War is Over”.

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