There are some hymns that have become so engrained in our culture that we would struggle to say when we first heard it or first sang it.

One such hymn is What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

These hymns become so well known that we forget that there is a story behind them; they were written by someone, at a time and in a place. The story isn’t always an easy one, but meaningful words often come out of difficult places as is the case with this hymn:

The story behind the hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus