2.10.12

It Is Well With My Soul



Yesterday my sis-in-law Joanna and I were talking and she shared with me the story about how "It is Well with my Soul" was written. What an amazing story. 

Horatio Spafford (1828-1888) was a wealthy Chicago lawyer with a thriving legal practice, a beautiful home, a wife, four daughters and a son. He was also a devout Christian and faithful student of the Scriptures. His circle of friends included Dwight L. Moody, Ira Sankey and various other well-known Christians of the day.

At the very height of his financial and professional success, Horatio and his wife Anna suffered the tragic loss of their young son. Shortly thereafter on October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed almost every real estate investment that Spafford had.

In 1873, Spafford scheduled a boat trip to Europe in order to give his wife and daughters a much needed vacation and time to recover from the tragedy. He also went to join Moody and Sankey on an evangelistic campaign in England. Spafford sent his wife and daughters ahead of him while he remained in Chicago to take care of some unexpected last minute business. Several days later he received notice that his family's ship had encountered a collision. All four of his daughters drowned; only his wife had survived.

With a heavy heart, Spafford boarded a boat that would take him to his grieving Anna in England. It was on this trip that he penned those now famous words,
When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul..
 
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, 
 when sorrows like sea billows roll; 
 whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, 
 It is well, it is well with my soul. 

It is well with my soul, 
it is well, it is well with my soul. 
 
 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, 
 let this blest assurance control, 
 that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, 
 and hath shed his own blood for my soul. 
 
 My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! 
 My sin, not in part but the whole, 
 is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, 
 praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! 
 
 
 And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, 
 the clouds be rolled back as a scroll; 
 the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, 
 even so, it is well with my soul.  
 
 

4 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGAN!!!!
    May the Lord Bless you this year!
    You are an AMAZING sister!
    Love you!!
    Love Ker <3

    P.s. Great post Megan!! This is one of my favourite songs :)

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  2. I LOVE that story as well!!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love you!
    Jen

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
    Enjoy your (hopefully) fabulous day!
    Emma-- <3

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  4. Happy Birthday Megan(:

    Love the song and the story! But come on girl Wes Hampton, David Phelps dose a way better job(: I am playing with you girl!

    Love you,
    Amanda

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