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Oh, What A Friend

My grandmother, Ms Oleta Clementine Frazier (pictured above with my granddad, Kirk Morror Frazier) loved this hymn, and it has become one of my favorites over the years for two reasons:  1) It reminds me of her, and 2) It is so true.  

🎼 What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O 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. 🎼
I had the privilege of having my grandmother around for 7 years of my life.  She died at age 67 (if my memory is correct) of colon cancer.  

There are three things that come to my mind about my grandmother whenever I think of her: 
#1) I don't think I ever remember a time she wasn't struggling with her health due to the cancer.
#2) She was one the most selfless, loving, attentive and gentle people I know, and I can still remember her sweet, gentle smile (on her face AND in her eyes) and the feel of her loving arms around me. (AND her great mercy and grace whenever my brother & I lost her good spoons while playing in the dirt behind her house after promising we wouldn't!)
#3) She could make even a bowl of oatmeal taste like a gourmet dish! 

She endured a lot of pain due to her cancer, but the most important thing I remember about my grandmother was that she had the greatest faith in and love for God.  She would sing this hymn, and others, at the top of her lungs in her living room, and my siblings and I could hear her through the screen door across the road from our yard.  At the time, we were very young and we laughed at times when we heard her singing, but all the while my heart was warmed inside and filled with so much love for her.  I remember having a feeling of safety and security listening to her singing. 

Little did I know what a legacy she was passing down: her faith.  It has passed down from generation to generation and my desire is to keep the legacy alive by continuing to pass it down with each future generation. 

What a friend I had in my grandmother, and what a friend WE have in Jesus.

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12).

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