TWE 8/13/2013 Prompt: Pick anything you wish and research it!
"It Is Well With My Soul”
-The Origin of this Hymn-
by Heather L Campbell
August 13, 2013
The hymn “It is Well with my soul” was penned by Horatio Spafford. He wrote his hymn after several traumatic life changing events. In 1871 there was the Great Chicago Fire. Mr. Spafford was brought to great ruin financially. He was successful lawyer who purchased a great deal of property. The fire reduced the value of his investments.
Then two years later the economic slide of 1873 also had an impact on his life. He had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead. He was delayed on business concerning zoning problems in regard to the Chicago area properties. The ship his wife and children were on collided with another vessel, the Lock Earn in the Atlantic Ocean. When the SS Ville du Havre sank , all four of Spafford's daughters died.
Only his wife Anna survived. She sent Horatio a telegram, "Saved alone . . .". Horatio Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife in Europe as soon as he was able. As the ship he was on passed at the area where his daughters had perished, he wrote this song.
(source for the above- Wikipedia)
It Is Well With My Soul
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know,
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.
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.
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!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.
And 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,
A song in the night, oh my soul!
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
We all face trials and it can be difficult to accept. It is too easy to think we are the only ones and how no one understands our heartache. We are not alone in our grief... and these two verses, truly expresses that his faith in the Gospel. He knew he would see his daughters again...
“But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;”
and be at peace:
"No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul."
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
It is devastating to lose a child, any death of a loved one. It is difficult to face a life with a disability or face that someone you love now has to deal with an illness or disability. It is difficult to have all we have or know wiped out in a tragic circumstance, car accident, job loss, foreclosure, hurricane, tornado, war or any other tragic circumstance... and many times hard to get through those stages of grief.
(When we go through our trials, we go through the stages of grief -a series of emotional stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. -Kübler-Ross model)
I can well imagine the thoughts this father might have had.. wondering if he had been there with them, could he have done anything to change the outcome... and save his daughters. Or should he have canceled the booking and all of them make the trip later. So many would have, could-have's and should-have's or would-have's that could have ran through his mind... decisions he had made with his investments, booking that trip... so many things and yet... he kept going...
I am sure many people were concerned over who survived and who didn't and getting that telegram telling him his wife had survived confirmed his wife was still alive but probably his worst fears, their children didn't.
(When my husband was in the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 he was in the San Jose Convention Center. It emptied out quickly when the building began shaking. He first thought was to let me know he was okay. He told me he waited on line for two hours to call me as he knew I would be in a panic as he was in the San Francisco Bay Area.)
Our “faith” or “belief” can help us get to that point of acceptance during difficult circumstances knowing one day Jesus will return.. and there is something waiting for us beyond this life.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.