Eternal Life Eternal Joy

Recently at church, we dusted off this old hymn. The pure, unadulterated, simple, yet profound truths that are in these verses punctured my spirit. My hearing tenderly absorbed each thought.

If you are a believer in Jesus, take a moment to scan these stanzas. “Jesus is all the world to me” brings comfort and mental refreshment and is a reminder of what a dear relationship we have with our friend, Jesus.  This American composer,  from East Liverpool, Ohio, died five years later after writing this song. He also wrote another hymn, you may know, “Softly and Tenderly.”

Jesus Is All The World To Me

Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad,
He’s my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
My Friend in trials sore;
I go to Him for blessings, and
He gives them o’er and o’er.
He sends the sunshine and the rain,
He sends the harvest’s golden grain;
Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain,
He’s my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
And true to Him I’ll be;
Oh, how could I this Friend deny,
When He’s so true to me?
Following Him I know I’m right,
He watches o’er me day and night;
Following Him by day and night,
He’s my Friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
I want no better Friend;
I trust Him now, I’ll trust Him when
Life’s fleeting days shall end.
Beautiful life with such a Friend,
Beautiful life that has no end;
Eternal life, eternal joy,
He’s my Friend.

Will L. Thompson 1904


Precious Jesus, thank you for coming to earth to die for my sin. Thank you for giving me such a beautiful life in you. Lord, help me as I walk this journey with others to be mindful of the eternal life and eternal joy I have in you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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