It Is Well With My Soul

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Sunday - 9:30AM Sunday School, 10:35AM Worship Service

by: Gracepoint Church

08/13/2020

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Many times in our life, when we find ourselves surrounded by the tragedies of life, God will remind us of a song that touches our heart and lifts us from despair.  Such is the song written by Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss.  Psa 34:19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 

It Is Well with My Soul

This hymn was written after traumatic events in Spafford's life. The first two were the death of his four-year-old son and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago that was extensively damaged 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 Ocean, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford's daughters, Maggie, Tanetta, Annie and Bessie 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.  Bliss called his tune Ville du Havre, from the name of the stricken vessel.  

Let the words of this song, speak to your heart.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to knowa
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!

And Lord, haste the day when the 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. 

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

I hope this is a blessing to you.

Pastor Stan Glover

Many times in our life, when we find ourselves surrounded by the tragedies of life, God will remind us of a song that touches our heart and lifts us from despair.  Such is the song written by Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss.  Psa 34:19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 

It Is Well with My Soul

This hymn was written after traumatic events in Spafford's life. The first two were the death of his four-year-old son and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago that was extensively damaged 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 Ocean, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford's daughters, Maggie, Tanetta, Annie and Bessie 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.  Bliss called his tune Ville du Havre, from the name of the stricken vessel.  

Let the words of this song, speak to your heart.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to knowa
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!

And Lord, haste the day when the 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. 

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

I hope this is a blessing to you.

Pastor Stan Glover

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4 Comments on this post:

Lynn Crist

Thank You Stan, I did not know the history of the writer of the song.

Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for sharing.

Carol Ann Wilbourn

This is a beautiful true story of our Gods magnificent Grace. My husband and I are faithful watchers of Gracepoint. Your posting gives me a lovely song to sing in my mind for the day
Thank you!