Some thoughts for the new year...

Dear Zion Church family and friends,

Each January, like many of you, I spend some time reviewing the past year and thanking God for the blessings. I also spend time considering my shortcomings and regrets. If you are inclined to do the same, I want to commend to you the words of the beautiful hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus.


    What a friend we have in Jesus,

     all our sins and griefs to bear!

     What a privilege to carry

     ev'rything to God in prayer!

     Oh, what peace we often forfeit;

     oh, what needless pain we bear--

     all because we do not carry

     ev'rything 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 ev'ry 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 your friends despise, forsake you?

     Take it to the Lord in prayer.

     In his arms he'll take and shield you;

     you will find a solace there.


Text: Joseph Scriven,1820-1886

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