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Re-establishing Our First Love

I know that I’ve repeated the lyrics of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” more than once in my notes over the years, but the 1855 hymn by Joseph Scriven keeps encouraging me, comforting me, and reminding me of my wonderful and amazing Friend. So it’s a joy for me to continually share Scriven’s words—all for the blessing of those who read (or sing) them, and to the glory of Christ our Savior.

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!

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.

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.

T. A. McMahon

Executive Director