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Lal Isua kan thian tha berin,
Kan mangan laiin min lawm;
Ama hnena kan tawngtaiin,
Kan thlen a piang hi a pawm.
Muanna tam tak kan chan fo va,
Lungngaih mangan kan tuar thlawn;
Engkimah Lal Isua ringa
Kan tawngtai loh avangin.
Thil hrehawm leh thlemna tawkin,
Buaina lo awm bawk sela;
Tuilairapa lungngaih aiin,
Isua lam tawngtai ila.
Amah tluk thian hlu leh rinawm,
Min pui tur kan hmu lo vang;
Kan sual kan chak lohna zawng zawng,
A hre vek tawngtai ilang.
Rilru lamah chak lo ila,
Mangan, rit phurh nei pawhin;
Isua hlu hi kan humhimna
Lamah tawngtai ilangin.
Chhungten min tuithlar mah sela,
Thianten min hmusit sela;
Isua hnenah thu thlen ila;
Kan phaw hiann min thlamuan ang.
LAL ISUA KAN THIAN THA BERIN (What a Friend We Have in Jesus)
Composer: Joseph M. Scriven
Mizo Translation: Rev. E. Rowlands
About the Composer
Joseph M. Scriven (1819 – 1886) was an Irish-Canadian poet and hymnwriter known for composing the famous Christian hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” He led a life marked by tragedy and adversity, which influenced the themes of his poetry and hymns.
Joseph Scriven was born in Banbridge, County Down, Ireland. He faced personal hardships, including the loss of his fiancée shortly before their wedding due to drowning. Later, after he had moved to Canada, he also lost his second fiancée to illness shortly before their wedding. These experiences deeply impacted him and led him to a life of devotion to his faith.
The hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” was written by Joseph Scriven in 1855, as a comforting message to his ailing mother who lived in Ireland while he was in Canada. He penned the hymn as a poem, not intending for it to be published. The poem emphasized the idea that in times of trouble and sorrow, believers could find solace and support in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
The hymn’s original text is as follows:
The hymn speaks of the closeness and companionship believers can experience with Jesus, portraying Him as a true friend who understands and supports them. The text also highlights the idea of prayer as a means of sharing burdens and finding peace in times of difficulty.
Later, the poem was set to music by Charles Crozat Converse, an American composer, in 1868. This musical arrangement paired with Scriven’s moving words has made “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” a beloved hymn in Christian worship and a source of comfort for countless individuals over the years.
Joseph Scriven led a simple and humble life, spending much of his time volunteering and helping others in his community. Despite his personal hardships, he remained dedicated to his faith and the idea of finding solace in his relationship with God. The hymn he penned in a moment of personal struggle has become a timeless expression of faith and a reminder of the enduring support believers can find in their relationship with Jesus.
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