Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It is well with my soul

Ever heard of Horatio Spafford? I assume few have. 

Horatio had a terrible life so it would seem. The Great Chicago fire of 1871 ruined him financially. He made plans to travel with his family to Europe after his financial interests took even more of a downturn during the economic decline in 1873. While finishing up some business arrangements, he sent his family ahead to Europe. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank quite rapidly after a collision with another vessel. His four daughters did not survive. Soon Horatio made plans to sail to Europe to meet his wife whose life was spared. As they were crossing the Atlantic near the place where his children were lost, Horatio was inspired to write the words to the now famous hymn...

"It is well, it is well with my soul..."

The first time I heard this story was during my year as a master's commission student in Phoenix, AZ. 

And I am still absolutely amazed by the overwhelming peace he must have had. I can't even fathom losing my daughter, especially not suddenly... so unexpectedly.

I have had much much less tragic things happen in my life that cause me to freak out like its the end of the world. 

Reading the lyrics to this song, it isn't that he wasn't in pain or didn't miss his daughters. 

He understood that everyone's life on earth is but a vapor, and he found his hope in the life to come. 

To have such peace in knowing, that in end we win... 

God, please give me peace that surpasses all understanding. That even when I am faced with trials, my trust and my hope will be found in you. That when I fail, when I hurt, when I fear... I will still be able to say; It is well with my soul. 

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15

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