It Is Well With My Soul

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

There are times life becomes overwhelming for me, living with physical challenge, every day problems, sharing the heartache of another.  In the quiet comfort of prayer, God reminds me He is always with me, giving me peace.  With God’s grace, it is well with my soul.

I love the hymn It Is Well With My Soul.  Outside of the beauty of the song, the history behind the words gives its message greater power and meaning for me.  It was written by Horatio G. Spafford.

Born in New York in 1828, Spafford was a deeply spiritual man and a very successful Chicago attorney.  Investing in real estate, a Chicago fire in 1871 destroyed him financially.  Before the fire, Spafford’s only son had died.

Two years later, Spafford planned a trip to Europe with his four daughters and wife.  Last minute business kept him from making the trip with his family.  The ship his family was on collided with another ship and sank.  His four daughters died.  His wife cabled him with two words, “Saved alone.”

After several devastating tragedies, Horatio Spafford penned the words to the hymn, It Is Well With My Soul.  In spite of his heartbreak, he rejoices in the closing of the song with his assurance of the Lord and His second coming.

I love Wintley Phipps’ testimony and expression of this beloved hymn.


~ by Debbie Richardson on May 8, 2009.

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