Sunday, August 16, 2015

Close to Christ

A young man from Ireland, Joseph Scriven  (1820-1886).

Was deeply in love with his girl friend and they had made plans to be married.

The night before their wedding she was drowned in a tragic accident.

For months Joseph was bitter and in utter despair.

At last he turned to Christ for help.

In the grace of Christ he found peace and comfort.

Out of this tragic experience he wrote the familiar and well known hymn that has brought consolation to untold multitudes  of aching hearts.

"What A Friend We Have In Jesus / All our sins and grief to bear ! "

Some times our way in life bask in the sunlight.

It was much like that for Joseph Scriven as he approached his wedding day.

 But like him, we may find for ourselves  that the path ahead leads through the dark shadows of loss, disappointment and sorrow.

Yet like for Scriven even sorrows turn to blessings when they make us less attached to the world and more attached to God.

It is at those times more than ever we find that Jesus truly is our friend-----"All our sins and griefs to bear !"

I too like Joseph Scriven have walked through the dark shadows of loss, disappointment and sorrow in my life.
When we lost our son to Leukemia at the age of 21, was such a time, I must say that was a sorrow and dark shadow like none I'd ever been through.

And like Joseph Scriven  I  too  turned to Christ for  help when the grief was to much to bear .

What a Friend He has been to me over the years He will be your friend  also, if you ask Him to.

Psalms 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.

Until next time,  God Bless.

Coleman Schell

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