#SundaySounds: It Is Well With My Soul

Today’s hymn is about how we should look at our trials and tribulations.

Attorney Horatio Spafford and his wife, Anna, had a wonderful family of four daughters. Tragically, the great Chicago fire destroyed most of his business in 1871. Then, two years later, his wife and daughters were aboard the ocean liner Ville du Havre when it was struck by another vessel. All four daughters drowned.

His wife survived and nine days later was able to contact her husband by telegraph with this question: “Saved alone—what shall I do?”

Spafford took the next available ship to join his wife. During the passage, the captain of the ship notified Spafford they were crossing the place where the Ville du Havre had sunk. After those moments of reflection and over the course of the rest of the journey, Spafford penned the words of this beloved hymn.

May God teach us that “whatever our lot” we can still say, “It is well.”

In this story, a circumstance of life confronts the child of God. God’s grace enables his child to trust the heart of the Father.

Life will confront us too. The songs we sing in the darkest of midnight will be the very songs that show the world the unwavering faithfulness of our Father who loves us so much.

The darker it gets, the more we should sing.

“It Is Well With My Soul”

Lyrics by Horatio Spafford
Music by Philip Bliss
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
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (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 (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

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  1. Great song choice, MMQE!

    I am most familiar with the rendition by Mahalia Jackson - nearly always my first choice for Gospel songs.

    We are living in very, very dark times, Sister. But the Glorious End is coming soon! Hang onto that faith, as He knows the very number of the hairs on your head!

    ~ D-FensDogG

    1. Good Sabbath to you my friend

      I actually wrote this post a few weeks ago, but I find it to be quite fitting for the goings on in our world today. My heart aches for our country. I continue to keep us all in my personal prayers.

      I listened to Mahalia Jackson's version of this song and thought it was a little bit slow. But she does do a really nice job on some of the other hymns. I think we all have our favorite hymn performers. (I'm not sure that's the right word to use) For many many years, it was Mormon Tabernacle Choir for my first choice, but I have learned to broaden my horizons and listen to others sing and enjoy their take on the hymns.

      I pray all is well with you. I'll see you in print tomorrow :)



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