Saturday, July 30, 2011

Closer Than a Brother

Here I sit. I'm really not sure how to say what I want to say, but I will try.

You see, it seems like homesickness always hits me the hardest on Sabbath. I'm tired. I'm a long ways from what used to be my home. I'm am surrounded by people that are not only strangers but also don't speak a language that I understand. Put all this with lots of time to think, and it's not hard to feel homesick. Yet, it's a wonderful experience. There is something about being separated from all (or most) that is near and dear on this earth that makes my heavenly Father so much more real and near. Rather than turning to a friend to share my heart with, I talk with Him.

Yes, I left a lot behind in America, but the one thing that is most important in this life isn't limited to the boarders of the country that I left behind. My heavenly Father is nearer, yes, nearer, to me now than ever before. Separation from the things of this world is painful, but intimacy with Christ is well worth it all.

And because I couldn't decide which one I liked better, here are the words of two of my favorite songs at the moment. :)

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything 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 every 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 thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad,
He’s my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
My Friend in trials sore;
I go to Him for blessings, and
He gives them o’er and o’er.
He sends the sunshine and the rain,
He sends the harvest’s golden grain;
Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain,
He’s my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
And true to Him I’ll be;
Oh, how could I this Friend deny,
When He’s so true to me?
Following Him I know I’m right,
He watches o’er me day and night;
Following Him by day and night,
He’s my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
I want no better Friend;
I trust Him now, I’ll trust Him when
Life’s fleeting days shall end.
Beautiful life with such a Friend,
Beautiful life that has no end;
Eternal life, eternal joy,
He’s my Friend.

Happy Sabbath!!


  1. "Let us sing a song that will cheer us by the way..." :) Hey what website do you guys use to find the hymns with extra verses?

  2. :) Those words bring back memories. is were I have gotten some lyrics, but they don't usually have extra verses.


  3. Well said Hannah! I'm so thankful this world is not our home and that while passing through this strange country we have the best traveling companion :-)