Let’s Soothe Our Souls

There’s a lot to be distressed about, these days, and don’t we all know it!

Let’s share a hymn. How many times must Doc Watson have performed this hymn for an audience, and still could hardly get through it without giving in to tears? What a Friend We Have in Jesus… “take it to the Lord in prayer.”

If I had a working guitar, and the talent to make music on it, I’d sing and play this hymn until I cried my eyes out.

And I would be the better for it.

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

We continue with Your Favorite Hymns–as we’ll be doing for a while, as it’s become a long listen and you can always add to it.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus, sung by Doc Watson. How many times, I wonder, has he sung this hymn in public: and yet you can see how it moves him.

As it should move us.

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

I haven’t played this one for you in a while–What a Friend We Have in Jesus, sung by Doc Watson. He almost can’t get through it, the hymn moves him so: and yet how many times must he have sung this for an audience? But it does have that effect on some of us.

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

I was afraid they’d taken this video down from Youtube–but no, it’s still there. One of my favorites–the immortal Doc Watson, with What a Friend We Have in Jesus. How many times has he sung this for an audience–and he’s still so deeply moved by the hymn, his voice almost breaks.

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ (Burl Ives)

The last thing I do on this blog, each night, is to load a hymn for the morning. This is an old Sunday school favorite–What a Friend We Have in Jesus–and I couldn’t resist the image of the flowing stream: I used to know places like that. Something to take to the Lord in prayer…

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

People have been loving this hymn since the 1860s–What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Here we have it performed by the students at Fountainview Academy, British Columbia.

 

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

My wife’s medicine that started out so well has produced difficulties, so off we go to the doctor. Maybe he can prescribe something else. Please pray for us.

Meanwhile, the friendship of Our Lord Jesus Christ is something we all need. What a Friend We Have in Jesus, this rendition by Alan Jackson–and now I have to go…

By Special Request: Doc Watson, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

You don’t have to ask me twice to post this one! Erlene only had to ask once–What a Friend We Have in Jesus, sung by Doc Watson. How many times do you suppose he’s sung this hymn? And it still chokes him up. Well, he’s not the only one, that’s for sure. Take it to the Lord in prayer–amen!

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ (Burl Ives)

Sometimes I whistle this hymn when I go for a walk, and several people have told me it was a pleasure to them, to hear it. And it’s a pleasure to me, to hear Burl Ives sing it–What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ (Doc Watson)

Yes, I know I’ve posted this before. Indulge me; I’m supposed to be at the doctor’s office while you’re hearing this, and if I don’t fumble the procedure, it’s Wednesday morning.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus–by Doc Watson, who must have played this hymn a thousand times up to this point, and still plays it like he means it with every fiber of his being. I whistle this one when I need it. Which is often.