Elisha A Hoffman… A name perhaps known, perhaps not-
The story goes, as is written in Robert Morgan’s ‘Then Sings My Soul’ that one day Hoffman was calling on the destitute in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and “he met a woman whose depression seemed beyond cure. She opened her heart and poured on him her pent-up sorrows. Wringing her hands, she cried, “What shall I do? Oh, what shall I do?” Hoffman knew what she should do, for he had himself learned the deeper lessons of God’s comfort. He said to the woman, “You cannot do better than to take all your sorrows to Jesus.”
“You must tell Jesus.” Elisha Hoffman encouraged the woman of sorrows.
It is said that the woman then replied, “Yes! that’s it! I must tell Jesus.”
Thus, the birth of an ancient Hymn, written by Elisha A Hoffman, a writer of many old hymns:
“I must tell Jesus All of my trials, I cannot bear These burdens alone. In my distress He kindly will help me. He ever loves and cares for His own. I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear My burdens alone. I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.”
I must tell Jesus All of my troubles, He is a kind, Compassionate friend. If I but ask Him, He will deliver, Make of my troubles Quickly an end.”
Reading this old hymn helps me know what to do. I need to spend a lot more time talking to Jesus. The One Who is able. The One Who loves me completely. The One Who sees the whole story. The One Who can take all my hurts and pains. The One Who can give breathe on me new breath that I might breathe.
I must tell Jesus because…He cares for me.
O how the world to evil allures me. O how my heart Is tempted to sin. I must tell Jesus And He will help me, Over the world The victory win.
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear My burdens alone. I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
“Lord, tune my heart, it’s so out of tune by the trials of the day. Tune me to run to the ‘Name of the LORD’ who is my strong tower. You already know my trials, but You want me to tell them to You anyway. Maybe because You want my faith to grow.
“I must tell Jesus! ” But do I believe that Jesus can hear me? Do I really believe that Jesus can heal me? Maybe the question is… Do I believe that Jesus can help me? Do I believe He cares, right now, for me?
Maybe what I really need to tell Jesus is “Increase my faith in… ‘Jesus alone!’
Elisha A Hoffman had some favorite verses, they were given in the story as well: (1Peter 5:6-7)”Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” This is what I’m to do! This is what I will do.
My faith is increasing, I will cry out to Jesus! ‘Jesus can help me….Jesus alone!’
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
So I cry out, “Pour Your word into my being that I might be changed from the inside out! In Jesus name, I make my plea…
(Psalm 62), Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.
How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, Like a leaning wall and a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his high position. They delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, But they curse inwardly. Selah
My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation. He is my defense; I shall not be moved…
Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah…” (Psalm 62, emphasis mine).