It Is Well With My Soul

This heart-stirring hymn has been my ultimate favorite song throughout the years.
The story behind these words are is incredibly saddening,
but also very empowering to read of the strength of the Spafford family.
This hymn was written after many traumatic events in Spafford's life.
The first was the death of his son at the age of four by scarlet fever.
Shortly after that the Great Chicago Fire took place and ruined him financially-
he had been a very successful lawyer.
Then in 1873 Horatio Spafford planned on traveling to Europe
with his family aboard the SS'Ville du Havre',
but sent his family ahead since he was delayed by business.
While crossing the Atlantic, the ship that his family was on sank rapidly
after a collision with a sea vessel called the 'Loch Earn'.
All four of Spafford's daughters perished while his wife, Anna,
was saved by a plank which floated beneath her unconscious  body and propped her up.
She sent Horatio the now famous telegram, "Saved alone. . ."
Shortly afterwards, Spafford boarded the next ship out of New York to meet his grieving wife.
During his voyage, the captain of the ship had called him to the bridge.
A careful reckoning has been made," he said,
"and I believe we are now passing the place where the de Havre was wrecked.
The water is three miles deep."
Horatio Spafford then returned to his cabin 
and was inspired to write the lyrics of his great hymn.
It would be extremely difficult to predict how we would react under circumstances
similar to those experienced by Horatio and his wife,
but we do know that the God who sustained them would be with us
and keep us in the palm of His hand.
The trials Horatio and Anna endured only made them stronger in their faith
and their character steady.
No matter what difficulties overtake us may we be able to say with Horatio Spafford. . . 

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.
Tho Satan should buffet. tho trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin - O the bliss of this glorious tho't -
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.
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul),
Horatio G. Spafford
1828 - 1888


Anonymous said...

Such faith! What an inspiring hymn.

Sandra said...

This is one of my favourite hymns. Even though I've read about Horatio Spafford's tragic loss, it's touching to read it here once again. Thanks for sharing it.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Ahhh... one of my favourites! How many times has it come up in my heart just when I needed its faithful message.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Ahhh... one of my favourites! How many times has it come up in my heart just when I needed its faithful message.

Gina Wamsley said...

I love this hymn. It has special meaning to me as it was played at the funeral of our sweet little girl, Annabel, who was stillborn. It was until years after our loss, that I read about the man who wrote the hymn. Now, I feel even a greater connection with the song.
God is good AND God is faithful!

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Grace and peace,

Mom E. said...

Thank you for sharing that information about the life of the gentleman who wrote the song. I cannot begin to fathom what he and his wife felt as they went through that tragedy. They must have had great faith and received courage and strength through that faith, as well as through the rest of their tragedy filled lives.
I too, am grateful for his faith and this beautiful song he penned for us to sing and rememer the grace of God in our lives.

Lissadell said...

Thank you for sharing the story of this beautiful hymn. I didn't know about this man's life and the tragedy that struck his family. I can't even begin to imagine the sorrow he must have experienced, yet he had tremendous faith and trust in God. Beautiful!

Sam Newton said...

Also one of my favorites. I knew this story. Love learning "the rest of the story" on the hymns... they are so amazing.

Joy said...

I also love the old hymns. The last verse of this hymn always brings tears to my eyes... Glory!! I have 3 old hymn books, missing their covers, yellowed pages, but I like to open them and find the old hymns I would sing with my mother. When I was first saved, the old hymns came to my mind... God had opened my eyes to His truth through those hymns!

Anonymous said...

This is my grandma's favorite hymn, and I hear it often, but I never heard the back round story of the author before.
What strength God can give.
Spafford's story was such a great encouragement.

Cindy said...

Yes, we are in good hands, keep the faith, thank you

Creations By Cindy said...

I can't hear this beautiful song without tearing up. It melts my heart every single time. I've always loved it but when my precious motherinlove was so sick she asked that this song by sung by one of her friends that sings with no music at her funeral. BEAUTIFULLY done and ALL WAS WELL WITH HER SOUL.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Patricia O'Donnell Kuhn said...

it is a very much a favorite of mine. I had printed out the words and had it hanging on my office wall!

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