August 28, 2009

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

I was in my study this morning and could faintly hear Maggie singing while making her bed. I don’t know where she learned this old hymn, but it not only brought back memories of my fundamentalist, Baptist upbringing, I also took it as good counsel for my day.

Text: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886 Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918

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 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.

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kakapatheo verb — [ka-ko-pa-theh-oh] definition: bear hardship patiently; suffer physical pain, trouble, danger, and distress. example usage: Σὺ δὲ νῆφε ἐν