The Blessed Bundle contains hymns recorded by Jeannine in the highest quality wav files with stunning high quality videos of each song. Also tied in with this bundle is Jeannine O'Neal's E-Book Blessed tells the history of each hymn on the Blessed album along with Jeannine's take on each song. A good read and companion to the Blessed music and video project.
This is just one sample of the fine videos in the Blessed Bundle. Each song in the bundle has it's own video and also the highest quality audio files to each song.
Here is a sample of the e-book of the song What A Friend We Have In Jesus
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.
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.
A BRIEF BACKGROUND
What A Friend We Have In Jesus was written as a poem in 1855 by Joseph M. Scriven to comfort his mother who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada and it was published anonymously and he only received full credit for it in the 1880’s. Scriven was a woodcutter who only cut firewood for the poor, destitute and physically handicapped. He received his university degree from Trinity College in London. Scriven fell in love and the day before his wedding his fiancé drowned. He moved to Canada to start a new life. He again met another bride to be and in a matter of weeks before his wedding, she became ill and died. The only thing Scriven had in his life was his faith in God. At 25 years old Scriven took a vow of poverty and sold everything he had and devoted himself to the poor and handicapped. Years later his mother was ill. Being poor himself, he had no way of getting home. Scriven is quoted to say, “The Lord and I together wrote the song” and that song is his entire life in three small but extremely powerful verses, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”. The music to the hymn was composed by Charles Crozat Converse in 1868. He was an attorney and wrote many church hymns.
JEANNINE’S TAKE ON THIS HYMN
All through this song, we are reminded to take everything to prayer, not some things, not a few things, ALL things. Why? Because God loves us, each and every one of us. He created us and knew us before the foundation of the world.
Rom 8:29 Because those of whom he had knowledge before they came into existence, were marked out by him to be made like his Son, so that he might be the first among a band of brothers:
Jer 1:5 Before you were formed in the body of your mother I had knowledge of you, and before your birth I made you holy; I have given you the work of being a prophet to the nations. And through everything He created us, knows us, believes in us and most of all, loves us.
John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.
Amazing isn’t it? So what makes this hymn so real to me is in all Charles Scriven’s life, he was always devoted to God and also went through so many heartaches yet knew we don’t have to carry burdens, sins, needless pain, trials and temptations, discouragement, sorrow and weaknesses but we do need to take all of them to prayer. Why, because Jesus is our best friend and in Him we find refuge, peace and solace. Solace in the dictionary means comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness. His lyrics also say In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, Thou wilt find a solace there. We can count on Him to carry us through everything and are reminded to be sure to TAKE EVERYTHING TO PRAYER. Awesome!! Lets all be reminded to do that when tragedy or trials come. That’s why I love these hymns. There are amazing stories behind the songs and powerful lyrics. I know this version on the album is instrumental, but the Holy Spirit is in the instrumental version as well. Look at David and his harp to calm Saul. That’s instrumental music.
BACKGROUND ON THE RECORDING
What a Friend We Have In Jesus was first recorded in the studio in 1998. It is now remastered in 2018. I recorded this in the studio on Adat tapes, that was the big oooohhhh in those days. So many formats. I wanted to capture a feeling of excitement because of the incredible lyrics and the powerful message. It’s got a mild rock vibe with orchestration that pulls you in. The lead instrument is the alto sax, my favorite for beauty and I use it frequently on this album. It starts mild with the sax in the lower octave but builds into an orchestrated piece with French horns and strings and the sax kicks up an octave.
Musicians: Jeannine O’Neal-alto saxophone, guitars, keyboards, drums, bass and percussion