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Joseph Scriven was an Irishman with a very sad life. He was a military man who was forced to leave duty due to severe health problems. He also, over the course of his life and leaving Ireland, had two fiancées who both died unexpectedly. All that said, in all of those things, Scriven managed to pen the poem/hymn we all know: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS. Knowing the background of the poet's life helps understand the eternal meaning in a much deeper way. I love the part where he says, "Oh, what needless pain we bear." It speaks so much about all of us and how we spend minutes, hours, days – even years, victimizing ourselves; making it all about us. The solution of prayer sometimes never hits us until the end. Until we've finally given up and have nothing left: no friends, no emotions, no energy. I challenge the readers today to make prayer your first priority, rather than your last resort. Think of Scriven's life. Compare your problems to his. How could a man write such a joyful song in the midst of so much pain? The answer is prayer and a holy union with our ever eternal Friend. #prayer #quotes #poems #hymns #hymnal #christianity #christianliving #jesus
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