Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Song

It Is Well With My Soul
Horatio G. 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."

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

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

O, 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, It is well, with my soul.


Horatio Spafford wrote this song in 1873 after he had suffered from many losses. He lost a fortune in real estate in the Chicago fire of 1871 and around the same time lost his only son (age 4) to scarlet fever. He decided to vacation to Europe (and to go visit D. L. Moody) with his wife and four daughters. He was detained in New York but decided to send his family on ahead. During the trip, their ship collided with another vessel and sank within two hours. He received a telegram from his wife saying, "Saved. Alone." He had lost all four of his daughters. On the trip to join his wife he said to himself, "It is well; the will of God be done." He later wrote this famous hymn.

43 comments:

aswewalk.com said...

Isn't the whole history of that song amazing?

I'm off to read about God's hand in the US during the Great Depression--I'm sure I'll find plenty of miracles of the heart.

Lisa said...

I so love this hymn. The story behind the song definitely helps me to keep thihgs in perspective. I am blessed.

Lisa
Cents To Save

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Such a beautiful hymn and an amazing story. Something I think we all need to remember these days.

Mandi said...

I have ALWAYS loved, loved, loved this hymn! It meant so much to me during our struggle with infertility.

Lora said...

This is one of my favorite hymns. It's such a comforting song.

Cali Girl said...

wow. amazing! thank you for sharing this!!

Kim said...

Thanks for the history on the hymns. Great Sunday post!

Sue said...

This has always been one of my favorite hymns. The history behind it makes it even better.

Alex and Jill said...

This is my husband's favorite hymn. I had forgotten the story behind this song...brought tears to my eyes reading it again.

gail said...

I just taught a Bible study lesson in James and used Horatio Spafford as an incredible example of having Joy in trials. I love this hymn and it always encourages me. Thanks for sharing it today!
God bless~
gail

AJ said...

What a heartbreaking story! Puts things into perspective!

At Home In Georgia said...

So glad you guys won your game yesterday....plus, it's better for us for when we play them. We beat Tennessee yesterday! Have fun living with the win this week and good luck for next week.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

What a story behind that song. I remember listening to The adventures in Odyssey tape that told this story with my children. What faith! and a beautiful song. Jackie

Betsy said...

I love how you do this. What a neat way to minister!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Absolutely one of my most favorite hymns especially in light of the history behind it. I love the way you share a song each Sunday - I look forward to it each week!

Funny story - I have told my hubby that I want this song at my funeral. He told me a while back that he was stressing and that my funeral would be very small because he was nervous about singing this. I didn't say HE had to sing it - ha! His load was lightened with that clarification!

Sherri's Southern Style said...

I have always LOVED this hymn.
Thanks for sharing it!

Annie said...

Thanks for the back-story Shannon. This has always been one of my favorite hymns. The story just makes it mean so much more!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

This hymn is very special to me, and the story behind it is just amazing.
Thank you for reminding me of this, it gives me much to think about! :)

Cari said...

I am so sorry to hear this Shannon, I will pray for Katie, her baby and all of you right now. I hope everything will be ok.

Please keep us posted when you can.

God Bless,

Cari

Karyn said...

Praying for Katie and Reese is Florida.

Gail said...

Shannon- please know that I am praying for Katie and her little one. We know God has His hand upon them and that He is mighty!

God bless !

randee said...

i am praying

Karen said...

I miss singing hymns like this in church. Amazing! Praise and worship music just doesn't have the same sentiment.

Cory and Cari said...

O Shannon! I am very sorry to hear about Katie. Please keep us updated. We will pray right now for her. If you are in little rock and need anything to be taken care of back in NWA please do not hesitate to call me! Love ya!

LuLu said...

Shannon, I'm praying for your sister in law and baby Reese. So sorry to hear this news. sending much love,
LuLu

Diane said...

Shannon,

Mom texted me earlier today and told me about everything... Chris and I have been out of town most of today. PLEASE let us know of anything we can do to help... We are praying and will continue to do so!

Love ya'll!

scrap fairy said...

I'll be praying!
Thank you for the haunting story with that hymn!

Brittany said...

Oh Shannon, I am so sorry and will definitely be praying.

The B's said...

We are praying right now.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Please know Im praying.....!

Denise K. said...

Oh, it has been way too long since I have been by your blog, and there was much to catch up on!

I wanted to tell you that I will indeed pray for your sister in law Katie, and will pray that she has a complete and full recovery. I will also pray for the well being of her sweet unborn baby while they get everything sorted out with her health!

Thinking of you today,
With love from Colorado,
Denise :-)

Kate said...

Many prayers...

Lora said...

Will be praying for your family, Shannon!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Your family is in my prayers!

Heather said...

This is one of my favorite hymns ever. period. Love it and the story behind it is just heartbreaking but so powerful how the Lord can use our circumstances for His good.

JulieandRyan said...

I am so sad to hear about your sister-in-law. I will be praying for a quick recovery!

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

it's so neat to know the history of that song. it makes it even more powerful! i never knew that and we sing it often in church.

Marlana said...

Definitely sending up prayers for your sister-in-law. Have they done a spinal tap to test for meningitis?

TCKK said...

This is one of my favorite songs. I hope Katie and Reese are doing better soon!

Erin said...

One of my favorites!~

Sandy Toes said...

Wonderful hymn!
sandy toe

Emma and Company said...

Wow, what a story. I love this hymn, shows such a strong faith in God. I love to sing this hymn at church, the music and lyrics together just makes me feel so comforted and I just praise His name over and over. Thanks for posting this!!

danielle said...

do you have Chris Rice singing this? If you dont, you must get his "hymns" cd. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! You would too! (But I am guessing you already have it! You love hymns it seems!)