{2012} Day Eighteen

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

I haven’t played the piano much in recent years, but I really have missed it.  I sat down to play yesterday and immediately started going through our hymnal; I always love to play the songs that I grew up singing.  What a Friend We Have in Jesus is one that my Mom used to sing as she rubbed my back to help me fall asleep and is one of my favorites for that very reason.  But as I played, I heard the words anew.

I’ve been struggling a bit lately in the peace and trust departments, and singing these words turned a lightbulb on in my head.  How much peace I have forfeited!  What needless pain I have borne, just because I wanted to cling to what I wanted instead of trusting in my faithful Friend.

I am so thankful for the many ways that the Lord chooses to speak to me.  I am so thankful that He continues to speak softly to my soul, even after months of trying to shut out His voice.  I am so thankful for my faithful, Wonderful Friend.

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.

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