One thing you do not know about this famous Christian song.


One thing you have to know about this greatest Christian song.

I think you have heard this song “What a friend we have in Jesus” – more than 700 times in Churches, chapels or anywhere else. But I want you to know the fantastic story behind this beautiful song written by a great lover for His two wives.

Irish-born Joseph M. Scriven (1819-1886) wrote the words of this classic hymn near Port Hope, Ontario, in 1855. Scriven’s life was filled with difficulties, poor health having forced him to give up his ambition of a career in the army, and in 1844 his fiancée died in a drowning accident on the eve of their wedding. In the wake of his grief, Scriven moved to Ontario, Canada where he made a new life for himself as a teacher. However, his plans for marriage were dashed again when his new bride-to-be died after a short illness in 1855. Scriven wrote this heart-warming hymn, with the words “Oh, what needless pain we bear,” to console his sick mother in Dublin. Originally a poem, it is thought his intention was to comfort her after the death of his second fiancée.
Scriven originally published the poem anonymously in Horace Hastings’s 1865 Social Hymns, Original and Selected. Charles Crozat Converse, a United States attorney who also worked as a composer of church songs, set the text to music three years later. Scriven finally received proper credit in Hastings’s 1886 Songs of Pilgrimage, but in the same year he tragically drowned in Rice Lake.
Aretha Franklin recorded “What a Friend” for her Amazing Grace double album. The record was recorded live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles during January of 1972 and stands as the biggest selling pure Gospel album in history.
  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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