If this hymn doesn’t stir your soul, better check to see if you still have one: What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
Doc Watson, with untold thousands of hours of experience performing songs and hymns, feels this one so keenly, he is almost unable to get through it without his voice breaking. Doc, we know! Same thing happens to me when I try to whistle it. In fact, it’s happening to me now: the ineffable joy of feeling the presence of the Lord.
What a Friend We Have in Jesus–sometimes I whistle it as I walk along, and sometimes someone else will pause in whatever he’s doing, look up, and smile. There’s hope for us yet.
Turn up the volume and sing along.
I need comfort today, and this is maybe the most comforting hymn I know: What a Friend We Have in Jesus, here performed by the kids at Fountainview Academy. I love to whistle this hymn when I walk alone.
We’re back from the vet’s. Robbie freaked out in the car. She wasn’t the only one. I decided I’d better pray: and this was the hymn I whistled, as loud as I could, the rest of the way there–What a Friend We Have in Jesus, here sung by Alan Jackson. This is the hymn that got me there with my eyeballs still in my head.
My baby had her blood taken for analysis, and received a thorough hands-on exam. The vet says the most likely culprit for Robbie’s condition is hyper-thyroid. There are other much grimmer possibilities, but she didn’t see any signs pointing to any of them. The blood work will be ready tomorrow afternoon.
I’m kind of wrung out by now, and I need to get outdoors and air out my brain.
If this isn’t one of your favorite hymns, one that moves you every time you hear it, I can’t help it–What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Here performed by the students at Fountainview Academy, outdoors in British Columbia.
This is one of my favorite hymns. I love to whistle it, as loud as I can, when I’m walking alone through a quiet part of town. I mean, if this hymn doesn’t stir your heart, I don’t know what will.
So here’s a beautiful rendition of a beautiful hymn, sung by The Church of God–and who knew so many people could sing a capella and have it turn out right? Written in 1855, What a Friend We Have in Jesus is still a well-beloved hymn today.
Can you get enough of this hymn? I can’t! First published in 1855, What a Friend We Have in Jesus still has power to bring Him into our hearts.
I was unable to find out who performed this version–a men’s choir singing it a capella. Very nice.
Can you listen to this hymn unmoved? Doc Watson couldn’t: watch and listen carefully, and you’ll see what I mean.
It is good to be reminded how much the Lord loves us. Listen. Feel it. Nourishment for the soul.
Things ain’t lookin’ too good for this fallen world today; and I don’t know about you, but I could use another hymn. This one.
Turn it up, sing along, and sing it loud–What a Friend We Have in Jesus, with the whole congregation of The Church of God. A capella, no less.
Take it to the Lord: for He is able to carry all our burdens.
Sometimes simple is just right. All we have here is a couple of people with a guitar and an auto-harp, and an easy instrumental treatment of a soothing hymn: What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
Just sit back and let Jesus’ love wash over you.