Monday, August 20, 2007

It Is Well




My favorite hymn. I'm clinging to this today.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

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 blessed assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with 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!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with 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, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

- Words by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873
- Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1876

2 comments:

Kristy said...

Hello my sweet friend!

Know that I am thinking and praying for you today ~ I've missed you !

You might already know the origin of this hymn, but I thought I'd post it anyway ~ I think everyone should know. It's that important....
(hope you don't mind!)
**big hugs**
Read on:

Horatio G. Spafford lived, with his wife and four daughters, in Chicago. He was a lawyer by profession and a
devout and sincere Christian.

One day in 1873 he stood on the quayside in Chicago and bid farewell to his family as they set sail to visit
relatives in far off Europe. He was not to realize that he would never see most of them again.

Some days later their ship, bound for Le Havre in France collided with another steamship in Mid-atlantic, and
sank almost immediately.

Before it did so, however, Mrs Spafford was able to have a prayer with her children and commit them to the
mercy of the Lord. That was the last time she would ever see them on this earth.

Fortunately, a lifeboat spotted Mrs Spafford and she was rescued. When she arrived in Britain, with the rest of
the survivors, she sent her husband this brief, but telling message: 'SAVED ALONE.'

The words struck Horatio Spafford with full force, and, understandably, plunged him into deep sorrow. He left for
England, without delay, to comfort his grief-stricken wife.

The great American evangelist D.L. Moody and his associate, singer Ira D. Sankey, were conducting a
campaign in Edinburgh at the time. They were personal friends of the Spaffords and came down to London to
give whatever help and comfort they could. They found their friends in surprisingly good spirits, strong in faith
and able to say through their tears, 'It is well; the will of God be done.'

Three years after that tragedy, Mr. Spafford wrote his hymn "It Is Well With My Soul", in memory of his four
precious daughters. Happily each of them had personally received Jesus Christ as Savior before embarking on
that fateful voyage.

It would be very difficult for any of us to predict how we would react under circumstances similar to those
experienced by the Spaffords. But we do know that the God who sustained them would also be with us.

Michelle said...

Dear Kim,

I know you said that you are going through a very difficult time right now and I just wanted you to know that I continue to pray for you. May God bring you the rest and peace that you need. May His loving arms surround you and His grace be poured out upon you.