A beloved Christian poem

This well-loved Christian poem was originally called 'Pray Without Ceasing.' It was written by Joseph Scriven who was born in Ireland in 1820 and emigrated to Canada. He wrote the poem for his mother and sent it to her in Ireland.

Charles Converse, born 1834 in Massachusetts, wrote the music for the poem which became the hymn 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus.'

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!

joseph scriven hymn

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What a friend we have in Jesus


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.

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