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Saturday, April 6, 2013

It is well with my soul..

It is well with my soul.... written by Horace Spafford.
From Wikipedia:This hymn was written after several traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his only son in 1871 at the age of four, shortly followed by the great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago which was decimated by the great fire). His business interests were further hit by the economic downturn of 1873 at which time 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 while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford's daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone . . .". Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.

He did later have more children, one of which died in infancy. He and his wife and the two children moved to Israel





5 comments:

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

And just when you think your own life is complicated. Wow what a moving story. Thanks for sharing it. I am off to grab my coffee and listen to it. I hope you are feeling okay with your tooth. X

Dianne said...

Marlis, that is my favorite hymn and now after hearing the story behind it years ago, I cry everytime I hear it. It is just so moving. Thanks for bringing it back into focus. Dianne

Susan said...

One of my very favorite hymns and I cry every time I sing it or hear it sung. Powerful words. Thank you.

On Crooked Creek said...

Marlis,
When a member of my Church or a dear friend is going through a difficult time in their lives and ask for prayers, I tell them I will add them to my prayer list until they say..."It is well, with my soul"!!!
Thanks for sharing the story behind the hymn!!!
Fondly,
Pat

RhondaBuss said...

I remember this story now, but had forgotten about it. Thanks for bringing it back for me :)

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