Merry Morn

I have been awake for a couple hours now and find my spirit content, which usually means I begin humming.  Today’s hymn of choice, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

I love the verses of this hymn, the simplicity of the words, the depth of truth in them as well.  The first stanza states facts about our relationship with Jesus, but doesn’t scold or shame.

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!

How often in my Faith walk this year have I found myself struggling — all because I didn’t entrust my concerns to Jesus?

The second stanza continues the perspective…

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.

We all strive to show how strong and capable we are to handleour daily situations.  We aren’t.  Trying to act otherwise is just foolish, Jesus knows the truth. This was driven home for me in the past two weeks when my mom became severely ill and was rushed to the hospital.  Once there, the doctors were matter-of-fact, telling my dad if my mom had waited one more day to see a doctor it would have been too late.  I live out of state and the idea that I could not sit with my dad in the hospital, or help out at the house while my mom was in the hospital was overwhelming.

All I could do was pray– and I did.  It was as constant as my breathing.  In and out with every breath,  I trusted God, my weakness, my inability to do anything to help the situation was very evident.

The third verse proves the reality of life and its struggles.  Troubles in relationships come when we don’t expect it and sometimes we cannot change them.  It is then that this verse brings home the truth.

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.

I love the image of Jesus being my shield.  Nearly a dozen times in Scripture God is described as our Shield and Protector (2 Samuel 22:3, 2 Samuel 22:36, Psalm 3:3, Psalm 7:10, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 27:7) these verses are just a few of them.  God will protect us, if we chose to seek His protection.

The last verse is one I have not often sung in church. In it there is hope and a promise of what is to come.  It helps me keep this life in the right perspective.

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.

“There will be no need for prayer.”  The idea that concerns, worries, hurts, sorrows, will no longer be a part of our lives one day makes me weep.  What a “sweet portion” this will be indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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