What a friend we have in Jesus

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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 needles 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 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.

Joseph Medlicott Scriven, 1820-86

Do I need to add anything to the Hymn? We go through so much pain daily when we decide to worry about things that we have no control over. Things that we cannot explain yet we try to rationalize.

Ever had great news and had no one to share it with? Or in so much pain and there is no one you deem worthy to comfort or share in it? Do you feel lonely most days and think that no one loves you? It doesn’t have to be that way. God assures us in Matthew “that I am with you always, even to the end of the world” A forever companion, I remember making a promise to be someone’s forever friend, the friendship lasted less than five months but thank God is not like me. His words are truth and life, they are lasting.

The Psalmist says “But even so, you love me! You are holding my right hand! You will keep on guiding me all my life with your wisdom and counsel…” Psalm 73:23-24 and in 22 “I saw myself so stupid and so ignorant; I must seem like an animal to you, O God”

We all have that “donkey” feeling once in a while, when we feel burdened, we think we have it worst than anyone else in the world. Our decisions leave us looking back at the deed committed and wondering how stupid could I have been? And yet we have someone who is more than willing to be with us always. He created us to be with Him!!

But like any true friendship, it’s a two way street. You have to know and desire that friendship, you have to keep your hand in His hand and allow Him to accompany you on your life’s journey.

Have a blessed Sunday people and remember the only thing needed is the will and desire to have the relationship.

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