It Is Well With My Soul

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Not to be too personal with my first post, but I want to ask you, dear sister, is it well with your soul? Horatio Spafford, the writer of the famous song It Is Well With My Soul, suffered a horrendous tragedy. Two years following the death of his young son of four, Spafford’s four daughters lost their lives due to a shipwreck on the Ville du Havre. Spafford had been delayed by business; thus, he was not on the ship at the time. His wife, the survivor of the family, sent a telegram with the catastrophic news. Since his wife was still in England, Spafford traveled across the Atlantic to meet her. It is said that on this trip, he wrote the song It Is Well With My Soul. The first verse of this song speaks of Spafford’s faithfulness to our Almighty God in Heaven despite the tragedy inflicted upon him. “When peace like a river attendeth my way/When sorrow like sea billows roll/Whatever my lot thou has taught me to say/It is well it is well with my soul.” I can’t imagine losing a loved one and then crying out to God saying, “It is well with my soul.” It’s almost impossible to think of, but that’s exactly what our personal, ever-loving Father wants us to do. He wants us to run to Him for the comfort we will need during our storms of life. Jesus tells us, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” [John 14:27 NASB, emphasis added] The world would have told Spafford to forsake God after the numerous tragedies in his life. Spafford did something better: he thanked God and continued to follow Him with unwavering faith, writing a beautiful psalm of contentment in Christ. Beloved sister, let’s not forget the peace that Jesus gives despite our storms. If we are truly His, we can say it is well with our souls.god-1772560_640

~Lauren Ray

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  1. Posted February 16, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Amen, Lauren!

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