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Hymn of the Week – What a Friend We Have in Jesus


Following the tragic death of his fiancé on the eve of their wedding, Joseph Scriven, a teacher, had travelled from his home near Banbridge, Co. Down to Canada, leaving his mother back at home, and worried about her son. He wrote this hymn and sent it to her in the hope that she would find comfort and help in its words. That was in 1855 and since then many have found great comfort in singing this hymn. The usual tune is Charles Converse’s music, Erie.

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 Saviour, 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 Saviour, 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.

Scriven was a member of the Plymouth Brethren, and died at Port Hope Ontario in 1886.


Scriven Monument, Banbridge, Co Down, Northern Ireland.

From → Hymns and Praise

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