October 22

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” Covered By Tennessee Ernie Ford

We all long to have a friend who listens to us or someone who never judges us for the things we did. But, it is never easy to find someone who will love us unconditionally, because all of us are sinners. All of us has done something terrible, and all of us do not have the patience to deal with other people’s problem for we are also dealing with our own. Therefore, are we going to walk this world without someone who will listen to us?

Fear not folks, for there is only one we can call our true friend. Jesus is not only our Savior, but He is also our friend. He always listens to our troubles and pain. Jesus will never judge us from all the mistakes we have done instead He wants us to pray to Him. Jesus only wants us to trust Him and draw closer to Him.

Here is a song, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” that will assure us Jesus is our friend by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

The Song

The song “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” will remind us that Jesus is our one true friend whom we can talk with. The song tells us that we can talk to Jesus, all we have to do is pray. Prayer is our only way to communicate to God. We can say to Him everything through prayer. You can tell Him about the problems you are facing; you can ask help, and say anything you want because Jesus as a good friend will always listen.

The Making of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” was first written as a poem by Joseph M. Scriven in 1855. The poem was only turned into a song in 1868. It became a famous hymn, and numerous versions of it were recorded from different parts of the world. Some artists who covered this song were Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Milsap, and Tennessee Ernie Ford.

The Version of  Tennessee Ernie Ford

Ford was fond of recording gospel and country songs. His biggest gospel album was Hymns in 1965, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard chart. Moreover, it was Platinum-certified by RIAA. His recording of the popular gospel song “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” became part of his compilation album Amazing Grace: 40 Treasure Hymns in 2014.

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