Saturday, April 28, 2007

It is Well With My Soul

It is well…..with my soul….;
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Is it well with your soul? Only in Christ, my friend. Only in Him can it be well with your soul and mine.

I haven’t met a believer yet who does not love this hymn. Maybe there is one out there who doesn’t, but if there is, I haven’t met them. The writer, Horatio Spafford, wrote these beloved words in the face of extreme sorrow. In 1873, his four daughters had drowned in the Atlantic Ocean on a voyage to Europe. Their mother had been miraculously rescued and Mr. Stafford was on his way to Wales to be with his grief-stricken wife. During this journey , and with a broken heart, he passed the approximate spot where his daughters had been swallowed by the waters. It was then that these precious words, a comfort to so many saints in the years following, came forth from his heart and were put to writing. What faith is expressed by them! I thank my dear Lord for this hymn and I would imagine you do too. There is little doubt there is going to come a time in each of our lives that it will bring us comfort.

Here’s the familiar tune at The Cyber Hymnal and here is my favorite stanza from this wonderful hymn:

My sin—O 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!



Beka said...

I was so glad to see this post this evening-- I was so hoping you'd do a hymn tonight! Thank you. This is truly a beautiful and comforting hymn. I was surprised to see 2 verses that we don't have in our hymnal, over at the Cyber Hymnal. I'll have to memorize those verses, too. As with many other of our well-loved hymns, God used a tragic trial in the life of one of His children to bring forth a beautiful new hymn.

Hope to see you in the morning, Lord willing!

chrisd said...

When I first became a Christian about 17 years ago or so, I sang this as a duet with a couple of guys at my tiny church.

I always think of that little church and the newness of my faith when I hear that song.

I am sorry that my kids will miss out on that as the churches don't sing too many hymns anymore.

Beverly said...

Yes, I too love this hymn. It is amazing how its words often rush into my head at different times.

The story surrounding the hymn has always both haunted me and spurred me on.

Thank you for sharing.

Penless Thoughts said...

Hi Maxine - Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Hope to get to know you better.