April 16, 2010

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

**My Dad (Camille's) is an artist ~
he used pencil to draw these praying hands while a Bible School student in 1964 ~
It was a gift to us from my Dad a few years ago and it is very precious to us both.

This is one of my favourite hymns ~
might it be a blessing to your heart as it is to mine!

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!

Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, 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.

Joseph Scriven (1819-1886)


Christa said...

Hi Camille,
What a beautiful drawing and how special for you to have that and keep it in the family. Oh how I would love to have something my father made.
I hope you have a wonderful Lord's day tomorrow.


Unknown said...

Oh yes, Camille! What an artist your father is! Plus one of my favorite hymns too. Thanks for posting.


Camille said...

Dear Christa ~ I am thankful that he shared it with us! I have copies of many of his other drawings, but this is the original. May the Lord bless you tomorrow too my friend! :)

Dear Susan ~ Thank you! This hymn was running through my head awhile back...it is beautiful, isn't it? I especially was struck with the "take it to the Lord in prayer" phrase...we are so blessed to have HIM aren't we? :)

With Love,

Missy said...

What a beautiful drawing!! This is one of my favorite hymns!! Enjoyed reading your blog, not sure if I have commented before, Missy

Camille said...

Welcome Missy ~ It is lovely to "meet" you! Isn't our God great and wonderful? How precious that HE does not leave us to ourselves...it is such a blessing that we can turn to HIM in prayer at any time! :)


Sharon said...


What a beautiful drawing and what a treasure for you and your family! Just beautiful!

We indeed have such a wonderful firend in Jesus! I am amazed at how much He loves me!

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Lady Farmer said...

What a treasure your father's drawing is! I love pencil, charcoal and pen-and-ink drawings. I am sure you cherish having it in your home. So perfect with this wonderful old hymn. Thanks for sharing them both!

Camille said...

Dear Sharon ~ OH YES...It IS AMAZING that God in HIS mercy chose US! How blessed we are!! Thanks for your sweet words about my Dad's artwork...it is a treasure! :)

Dear Raeann ~ I love those mediums too...my Dad used pen and ink for many of his more recent pieces. Thank you for your sweet words too! Isn't this hymn so full of wonderful TRUTH? I love the old hymns! :)

With Love,

Teresa said...


What a precious present from your father! It's just beautiful. Makes me think of Jesus interceding for us. This hymn is also precious to many around the world, translated into many languages.

Camille said...

Dear Teresa ~ This hymn is so wonderful...how lovely that it has been translated for more of the world to enjoy! :)