It Is Well With My Soul – Hymn

Are you familiar with the story behind the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” by Horatio Spafford (1828 – 1888)? If not this is a short version of the story.

Mr. Spafford suffered several serious loses in his lifetime just before writing this song.

• His only son died in 1871.

• He lost his business and money in the Chicago Fire of 1871.

• His four daughters drowned at sea in 1873.

Mr. Spafford wrote this hymn when he passed the spot in the ocean where he had lost his daughters.

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It Is Well With My Soul

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

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.

Horatio Spafford

A person without the blessed Hope of Christ’s salvation would be utterly devastated and become depressed with such tragedy.

For more information about the stories behind the hymns read
Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

by Kenneth Osbeck


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