June 10 Devotional

by, Rev. Linda Williams

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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

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

 

Songwriters: Charles C. Converse, Joyce Eilers Bacak, Joseph M. Scrivener

In staff meeting this week for our devotional time, someone shared this hymn with us. Now it’s certainly a very familiar hymn. It’s been around for well over a century. It was first published as a poem in 1880’s and then set to music. It has been recorded through the years by many artists, most recently by Alan Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Amy Grant, Brad Paisley to name only a few. It is often sung in a worship service. The words are timeless.

Later someone in our staff meeting commented, “so often we take things for granted’ — working hot water heaters, refrigerators, AC, not living in a flood plain, for example. Just a few of the everyday things we take for granted.  AND then there’s all those things that we took for granted pre-COVID — a leisurely dinner in our favorite restaurant, going to a movie, giving a friend a hug, traveling when and where we wanted, going mask-less. If COVID has taught us nothing else, it has reminded us to not take life for granted. Reminded us that we may not always be able to count on what has been reliable in the past.

Except Jesus. Jesus we can count on…Jesus will be our friend, no matter what. When we are in the midst of grief, in the midst of what feels like chaos and sorrows, in the midst of pain and uncertainly, in the midst of trials and troubles, in the midst of discouragement and weakness, Jesus can be counted on to be there with us. As she said, sometimes it may be difficult to feel that presence when we are going through the difficulties and messiness of life, yet the assurance comes to us in so many ways — through others, in the beauty of creation, in prayer, or in the beautiful words of a treasured hymn — “what a friend we have in Jesus!”

Rev. Linda Williams