August 10, 1886 – “What a Friend we have in Jesus”

The writer of the well-loved hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” knew Jesus as his friend through some very difficult times.  Joseph Scriven drowned on August 10, 1886 having lived with depression his whole life, was never financially successful and twice had fiancés die before their wedding.  Some friends thought he may have taken his own life.