It Is Well With My Soul

Learning the story behind this classic hymn has given it new meaning.  Horatio Spafford wrote “It Is Well With My Soul” after enduring numerous trials. His only son died 1871 at the age of four. Spafford and his family then survived the Great Chicago Fire which left them financially ruined. The family then planned to travel to Europe. Spafford was delayed on business related to the Great Chicago Fire and sent his family ahead. Tragically the ship his family was on sank after colliding with a sailing vessel. All four of his daughters died. His wife sent him a telegraph that read, “saved alone.” As Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he wrote this infamous hymn.

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.

Refrain:
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!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of 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.

Horatio Spafford

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