Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It Is Well

It  Is Well
 
I like worship music, but I love the good ole hymns.You hear the testimonies of some of the songs that have been written. The hymn written by Horatio Spafford in November 1873 is heartbreaking.
 
Horatio was a prominent Lawyer, senior partner with a large law firm. He and his wife Anna had 4 daughters and 1 son. In 1870 their son died at age 4 with pneumonia. Spafford had invested in property in Chicago which burned in 1871, the year of The Great Chicago Fire. In 1873 He and his wife Anna planned a trip to Europe to visit with traveling friend and evangelist D.L. Moody. At last minute he had business concerning the fire and sent his wife and daughters ahead. In the early morning hours of November 22, 1873. The ship Ville du Havre collided with an iron sailing ship. All four of their daughters were lost. His wife sent him a telegraphsaying "saved alone". As soon as he got her telegram he sailed across the Atlantic to bring her home. The captain of the ship called him to the bridge to let him know they were passing the place where the two ships collided. That night in his cabin he wrote the words to It Is Well.
 
The Spafford's later had three more children, 2 daughters and a son. The son died in 1880 at age 4 of scarletfever. In 1881 they set sail for Israel. They moved to Jerusalem and helped found a group called the American Colony; its mission was to serve the poor. The colony later became the subject of the Nobel Prize.  
 
This is a touching song to me anyway but knowing the story behind it makes it more moving. To know what he lost He still loved God and kept his faith.  
 
1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Everything??? Yes everything!!! Sometimes I don't feel so thankful. But I have found in thanking Him at the beginning and all the way through whatever situation it doesn't control my mind and is much easier to get behind me. 
 
Psalms 30:5 says ...weeping my endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. There are many things we will have to endure, we are not alone. He will see us through.
 
2 Timothy 4:7 Paul tells Timothy, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. We are no different we have to stay the course and hold tight to Gods love and keep our faith.
 
The last verse is as exciting to me as one of the worship songs we sing today.
 
And the 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
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
 
One day I will see this!!!!
 
Hope this devotion will bless you today.
 
Denise Harper

2 comments:

  1. I love hearing your heart Denise! I love that song also! A sad but amazing testimony! I also love the story in the Bible where the woman's daughter dies and all she could say was ... It is well; knowing that Jesus would raise her up!!!!! Faith like that is amazing to me!!!! A work needed to be worked on in my life! Pamela Britt Malone

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  2. Great devotion. I never knew the story behind the song. It is very touching. I pray that all Christians stand strong in their faith, to have the confidence to say it is well with my soul even through the hard times. It gives me great encouragement to know that I can make the claim it is well with my soul, not because of what I've done but because of who Jesus is!

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