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.
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 your friends despise forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you; you wilt find a solace there.
Hymn by Joseph M. Scriven
When we think of all the challenges life throws our ways; when sickness ravages the body that the doctors and physicians are confused; when the death of a loved one leaves us vulnerable and burdened with pain; when despite our faith and unending prayers, the matter seems to persist; when debts and financial crisis attempts to steal our joy; when at the crossroads of life’s decisions we don’t know what to do; when we are all alone struggling to keep up and there’s no one who understands; when war and terrorism attempts to bind us with fear; when the hurt of the past stops us from moving forward; when our life comes to a halt and nothing seems to be working no matter how hard we try; when we are in dire need of forgiveness and restoration; when we’ve been lied to, betrayed, despised and forgotten.
In such times, we realise there’s one buddy, one friend we can count on any day, any time, anywhere. He’s never tired or weary of us, He’s always there in good times, bad times, middle times. He never fails and we can count on His unending love, His redeeming mercy, His unfailing compassion and matchless faithfulness to see us through the times. No matter how we beat His chest in pain or in anger, His arms are always there wrapped around us, keeping us safe and secure in Him, comforting and consoling us. And if we wipe our tears and listen closely to His heart, we will hear Him saying, “Trust Me child, I will never leave you nor forsake you”.
Jesus, the best Buddy we can ever have!