Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Joseph Scriven (1819-1886):
He was born in about 1820 and died about 1896. At
age 25, he watched in shock as the body of his fiancée was pulled from the lake, the wedding
to be the next day. Reeling from the loss, he packed up his stuff and left Dublin Ireland for
Canada. He left his mother behind.
Whether as a child, youth, or later, Joseph Scriven is assumed
to have found Jesus. About 10 years after moving to Canada, he got word that his mother was
facing a crisis of some sort. So, he composed a poem (about 1855) and sent it to her. A copy
from his mother apparently got into the hands of a publisher, was set to music, and became a
popular, anonymous hymn.
Tragedy struck again when his bride-to-be, Eliza
Catherine Roche, contracted tuberculosis and rapidly died about 1860 before the marriage took
place. To escape his sorrow, Joseph poured himself into ministry for the Plymouth Brethren
and preaching for Baptists. He lived a simple life in Port Hope, Canada, cutting firewood for
widows and giving away his clothes and money to those in need.
Until a short time before his death, the author of
the hymn "What a Friend We have in Jesus" was anonymous. A neighbor attending him during his
final illness happened upon a manuscript copy of that hymn. On questioning about the
manuscript by his neighbor, Joseph Scriven admitted that he'd written the poem for his mother
to comfort her during a time of special sorrow, not intending that anyone else should see
Another Port Hope neighbor subsequently asked him
if he wrote it, "The Lord and I did it between us." On Oct. 10th, apparently in a delirium of
critical illness, he arose from his bed and staggered outside and stumbled into a creek and
[adapted from Then Sings My Soul, 2003, Robert J.
***give me your comments about this
(posted 4 January 2004)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now