It is Well with My Soul!

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Godprints, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

It Is Belle With My Soul!

Handbells-2014-05-18_0116During the worship services on Sunday May 18, the Alleluia Bell choir played an arrangement of the hymn “It is Well with My Soul.”  The musical arrangement was was difficult to play but it was also very engaging.  It incorporated many moving parts on top of the melody, and obviously took the Bell Choir many nights of rehearsal in order to play this piece.

“Saved Alone… What Shall I Do?”

This hymn was written by Horatio Spafford in 1873.  Some years earlier, Mr. Spafford lost everything he owned during the Chicago fire.

Two years before writing this hymn, he decided to take his wife and four daughters to England to be with his friend Dwight Moody who organized a campaign that Fall to preach at various locations across England.  His departure was held up,but his wife and daughters sailed ahead of him.

But on the Atlantic, the ship collided with another ship and it sank.  Some days later, Mr. Spafford received a cable from his wife saying “Saved alone… what shall I do?”.  His wife was rescued, but once again, Mr. Spafford suffered a great loss.  His daughters were gone.

He booked the next passage to England.  On the way, the captain pointed out the location where the ship was believed to have gone down.  That night, he wrote the words which are so familiar to Christians around the world…

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!

Though Satan should buffet, tho’ trials should come. Let this blest assurance control;

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin- o the bliss of this glorious thought- my sin, not in part, but in whole,  has been nailed to the cross and I bear it on more;

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord haste the day when the 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!!!

In the midst of grief, Spafford’s heart turned to love and thankfulness instead of anger and doubt.  Because of the love of God and the sacrifice of His Son, we too can share the same hope amidst our own problems.

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Check out this video which tells the story of Mr. Spafford using a rendition of his hymn sung by Chris Rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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