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It Is Well With My Soul Hymn Lyrics And Story

It Is Well With My Soul Story


It is easy to talk about peace in Christ when everything is going our way. When we are prospering in both health and material blessings. It is, however, another thing altogether to talk about peace when you have just lost the most valuable people and things in your life.

This is why  I admire the author of this hymn, Horatio G. Spafford (1828 - 1888). He wrote this hymn soon after tragically losing his four beloved daughters.

Horatio Spafford was a prominent lawyer in Chicago in his day and owned several properties in that city. He and his wife had one son and four daughters.

However, like Job Horatio Spafford experienced tragedies that would have tested the faith of most people. It started with the death of his son and later on fire destroyed almost all his properties.

It was to escape all these tragedies that Horatio decided to send his wife and four daughters for a holiday in Europe in 1873. He bade them farewell with the hope to follow them later on.

Unfortunately, that was not to be as his family's shipwrecked and all his four daughters were lost. Their ship bound for Le Havre France had collided with another steamship in Mid-Atlantic and sank almost immediately.

Fortunately, his wife was saved after a lifeboat spotted her. She sent a message to her husband which read, "SAVED ALONE".

Horatio Gates Spafford
As you can imagine this plunged Horatio into deep sorrow. He immediately left for England to comfort his grieving wife.

The great evangelist Dwight Moody, a friend of the Spafford's family was in Edinburgh at the time conducting evangelistic crusades when he heard the news. He immediately with the singer Ira D Sankey came to London to comfort them. Horatio is reported to have told them, "It is well; the will of God be done".

Some people say this hymn was written while on his way to comfort his wife but some say he composed this hymn three years later. But they all agree that it was in memory of his four daughters.

May the Good Lord help us to have the same trust in our tragedies.

It Is Well With My Soul Hymn Lyrics


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

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

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with 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

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
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

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