It is well

How many of us have heard this song?  I personally love this song.  It speaks volumes. 

Lyrics:

  1. 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.
    • Refrain:
      It is well, with my soul,
      It is well, it is well, with my soul.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
  6. 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.

Psalm 146:1  Praise ye the Lord.  Praise the Lord, oh my soul.

This song was written by Horatio G. Spafford in 1873.  Spafford had a Job like life.  He had a great family and was comfortable money wise until 1870, when he lost his young son to scarlet fever.  Next came the great Chicago fire which destroyed most of his holdings.  And then a huge blow came when his wife and daughters died when a ship they were on sank.  But through it all Spafford trusted God and from his tragedy came this wonderful song. 

Doesn’t his story and his faith just make you think wow?  Doesn’t it make our little problems seem so insignificant?  It did to me.  I have always loved this song, but now when I hear it or sing it I am struck by just how true this song is and was to the man who wrote it.

Information was garnered from this yahoo site as well as a few books I had on hand.

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