Nothing like good old hymns to quench your thirsty soul. I’ve been listening to a lot of old hymns on you tube. Today I came across stories behind these hymns.
What a Friend we have in Jesus was written by a gentlemen who was riding his horse to meet his fiancé, the night before their wedding. His beloved fiancé fell from her horse and hit her head on a rock and drowned, right before he got there.
This gentleman was from Ireland and every time he looked around he thought of her and how he never got to be married. The bottom fell out of his life. He had reached a point where he had graduated from college and thought he was going to start the perfect life, yet it ended tragically.
He moved to Canada where he became a selfish Good Samaritan towards others. He would not take payment for helping others. His only goal was to show God’s love and grace.
Later he was to be married to another woman and a couple of weeks before their wedding day, she to, died. She came down with pneumonia that took her life.
After this he wrote this song as a poem to his mother. 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 bare, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
If anyone knew pain it was this man. Yet, he could write how the Lord was his friend and helped him carry his grief. This gives the song more meaning as you picture this heart broken man writing the words to this hymn.
My Pearl today is that sometimes we need to look beyond the surface to see deeper meaning. Its there waiting for us, we just need to take the time to dig.