Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sunday Songbook

This hymn was writ­ten af­ter two ma­jor trau­mas in Spaf­ford’s life. The first was the great Chi­ca­go Fire of Oc­to­ber 1871, which ru­ined him fi­nan­cial­ly (he had been a weal­thy bus­i­ness­man). Short­ly af­ter, while cross­ing the At­lan­tic, all four of Spaf­ford’s daugh­ters died in a col­li­sion with an­o­ther ship. Spaf­ford’s wife Anna sur­vived and sent him the now fa­mous tel­e­gram, “Saved alone.” Sev­er­al weeks lat­er, as Spaf­ford’s own ship passed near the spot where his daugh­ters died, the Ho­ly Spir­it in­spired these words. They speak to the eter­nal hope that all be­liev­ers have, no mat­ter what pain and grief be­fall them on earth.

It is Well With My Soul

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.


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.


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!
Blessèd hope, blessèd 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,
Even so, it is well with my soul.


This is My Love's favorite hymn and one of mine as well. Even if life doesn't seem well at the moment singing this hymn has refreshed my spirit on countless occasions.

The Cyber Hymnal


Joyfulsister said...

HI Becky!!
Oh how I love this song, no matter how many times I sing it or hear it. The kind of peace only the Lord can give us despite the tragedies we may face in life. A calm that can only be attained when ones spirit is truly anchored in the Lord despite the raging storms and winds that come into out lives.
Beautiful post my sistah!!
Hugz Lorie

LadiesoftheHouse said...

I Love this song! I have heard it sung by every kind of voice imaginable and I just love it every time.

Paul and Katrina Perea said...

I cry almost everytime I sing this song. I think of when I lost my baby girl and that truly it is well with my soul.

Pam (Of MapperSnapper.Com) said...

I clicked over from Kris's blog and was thrilled to see you had my Palin button! Woo Hoo! Drop by some time and say hello.
This hymn took on significant meaning in my life when I lost my first baby five months into the pregnancy. We had been trying for years to have a child, and when I heard the words to this song that I had sung my whole life, it was as though I heard them again for the first time. We told the story of the song at a memorial service we had for our first son. This is such a powerful song!