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 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.
This familiar, old hymn by Joseph Scriven, gives us a powerful, comforting picture of our Savior and Lord. It pictures a true and faithful friend who will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); a friend who desires us to bring our burdens and cares to Him. To be called a “friend of Jesus”, the eternal Creator, Son, Savior, is an awesome and a humbling thing. But… what does it really mean to be a friend of Jesus? Is what we find or receive from our Lord - such as blessings, hope and comfort, all that there is? Or is there maybe something more…? This Sunday we will be examining John 15:12-17.
With the crisp, cool mornings, and leaves falling from the trees, it appears that summer is officially gone and done with, and autumn has arrived. I do love this time of year; something we didn’t really experience when my family and I lived in FL. Just this morning I got to walk in the coolness of the early morning with an awesome lunar night-light to light my way. Way cool - Literally and figuratively :-) !
Speaking of cool things, as you can tell from places like Cracker Barrel and other stores, Christmas must be like right around the corner… and that means our Christmas Choir begins rehearsals this week. It’s probably not too late to lend your voice to making a joyful noise. Also, you will be hearing us promote something I was involved with in FL, but not here (why???): Operation Christmas Child, through Samaritan’s Purse. The RAs and GAs are doing this as a missions project this year, and we decided it was way too much of a blessing to let them do it all alone. In our home, we used to do one box per family member. It was actually fun.
Have a wonderful week! Lord willing, I will see you on Sunday.
Blessed to be your pastor, Brian Harrison