The origin of this hymns point to Joseph M Sciven, who wrote the lyrics in 1855 to comfort his mother leaving in Ireland, while he was in Canada. The tune has been borrowed very extensively by Japanese, and even in an indonesian patriotic song “Ibu Pertiwi”

It is approaching my birthday, at the same time (in a few minutes time), it is also the begining of one of the darkness period of my life, and my christian walk. And also the begining of a very big trial that awaits me, another big cross roads in my life.. and perhaps the biggest one i have seen so far.

At this time, I do not doubt that God still loves me, nor do I think that the trials are given to me because Jesus refused to be my friend. I know that God still love me. Rather, I doubt if i got enough strength to move forward in this trial. And I am unsure what is Gods plan.. and God was strangely silent. All he assured me was that, he knows that I am troubled and distress, and he knows how i am feeling.

At this time, the lyrics of this hymns sinks back to my mind.. It is indeed an comfort, as just when i need a solance from God, he is giving it to me. Oh God.. give me the strength i need to carry on.. …Lord I believe, help my unbelief…

Title: What a friend I have in Jesus
Lyrics: Joseph M Sciven

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Ev’rything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Ev’rything 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 ev’ry 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.

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