Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday Hymnist: Joseph Scriven

Joseph Medlicott Scriven
Born:  September 10, 1819  -  Bainbridge, Ireland
Died: August 10, 1886  -  Port Hope, Ontario

The Story Behind the Hymn


“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”
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
In memory of my precious Mother

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