Sunday, April 26, 2009

It Is Well With My Soul!

I have always loved this song, it being on my FAV's list, and after going to the Women of Joy Conference this past weekend and hearing/seeing the very gifted music group "Selah", I learned why God has place this song in my heart!!

This is a version of the story behind the song that I found online.

Horatio Spafford was a 43 year old lawyer. He lived in a north side suberb of Chicago with his wife, Anna, and their five children.

In 1871, his only son died.

A few months later, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 consumed Spafford's real estate investments. He lost his entire life savings.

Two years later, Spafford and his family decided to take a vacation to Europe. However, Spafford was delayed by last minute business.

He sent his wife and 4 daughters on the S.S. Ville Du Havre as scheduled, promising to follow in a few days.

On November 22, 1873, the ship was struck by an iron sailing vessel, and it sank in 12 minutes. 226 people were killed.

When the survivors of the shipwreck landed in Europe, Spafford cabled her husband, "Saved alone. What shall I do?"

Spafford immediately left Chicago to bring his wife home.

In the midst of his sorrow, while sailing near the place of his daughters' deaths, he wrote the words to the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul".

In spite of their tragedy, in 1881 the Spafford's moved to Jerusalem to meet the needs of the people. Through their service, the Spafford's were able to share Christ with the local Muslim and Jewish communities.


boltefamily said...

I also love that song and the story behind it!

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking of you for the last 2 weeks or so. More so today. You are in my heart today. The boys would be so proud of you, don't ever forget that!