I thought it would be appropriate to reblog the story behind Michele’s favorite hymn about prayer. Learning why it was written makes it even more meaningful.
What a Friend We Have in Jesus,
the Song and the Story
Irish born Joseph M. Scriven (1819-1896) was 25 years old, in love and to be married.
The day before his wedding his fiancé died in a tragic drowning accident. Heartbroken, Joseph sailed from his homeland to start a new life in Canada. While in Canada working as a teacher, he fell in love again and became engaged to Eliza Roche, a relative of one of his students.
Once again, Joseph’s hopes and dreams were shattered when Eliza became ill and died before the wedding could take place.
Although one can only imagine the turmoil within this young man, history tells us that his faith in God sustained him.
Soon after Eliza’s death Joseph joined the Plymouth Brethren and began preaching for a Baptist church. He never married, but spent the remainder of his life giving all his time…
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