Tuesday, May 14, 2024
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he Song "It is Well with my soul" is one of the foremost Christian classic ever composed. This song has brought hope and life to the down trodden. It has become an anthem of encouragement for believers and non believers alike. The story behind this song is equally powerful...Horatio Spafford penned down the immortal words for this hymn. He was a wealthy Chicago lawyer with a thriving legal practice who lived between 1828 and 18888. He had a beautiful wife, four daughters and a son. He was also a devout Christian and faithful student of the Scriptures. His circle of friends included Dwight L. Moody, Ira Sankey and various other well-known Christians of the day.

At the very height of his financial and professional success, Horatio and his wife Anna suffered the tragic loss of their young son. Shortly thereafter on October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed almost every real estate investment that Spafford had.

In 1873, Spafford scheduled a boat trip to Europe in order to give his wife and daughters a much needed vacation and time to recover from the tragedy. He also went to join Moody and Sankey on an evangelistic campaign in England. Spafford sent his wife and daughters ahead of him while he remained in Chicago to take care of some unexpected last minute business. Several days later he received notice that his family's ship had encountered a collision. All four of his daughters drowned; only his wife had survived.

With a heavy heart, Spafford boarded a boat that would take him to his grieving Anna in England. It was on this trip that he penned those now famous words, When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul.

For more than a century, the tragic story of one man has given hope to countless thousands who have lifted their voices to sing, It Is Well With My Soul.

Can I say to you this day that it is well with your soul. No matter the adversity and the set back you may encounter, be encouraged because it is well, it is well with your soul. Sometimes when it seems like things are falling apart, God's invincible hand is actually re-aligning forces around you to make things fall in place for you. Your dream will not be turned into nightmare. You will reach your goal. God bless you big.