It Is Well With My Soul

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  1. tyndale1946

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    IN THE 1870s Horatio Spafford was a successful Chicago lawyer and a close friend of evangelist Dwight L. Moody. Spafford had invested heavily in real estate, but the Chicago fire of 1871 wiped out his holdings. His son had died shortly before the disaster. Spafford and his family desperately needed a rest so in 1873 he planned a trip to Europe with his wife and four daughters. While in Great Britain he also hoped to help Moody and Sankey with their evangelistic tour. Last minute business caused Spafford to delay his departure, but he sent his wife and four daughters on the S.S. Ville Du Havre as scheduled, promising to follow in a few days. On November 22 the ship was struck by the English ship Lochearn, and it sank in twelve minutes. Several days later the survivors landed at Cardiff, Wales, and Mrs. Spafford cabled her husband the brief message, "Saved alone."

    When Horatio Spafford made the ocean crossing to meet his grieving wife, he sailed near the place where his four daughters had sunk to the ocean depths. There, in the midst of his sorrow, he wrote these unforgettable words that have brought solace to so many in grief:

    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.

    Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blessed assurance control,
    That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul... Brother Glen [​IMG]
     
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    Bro. Glen:

    Wonderful song. But you left out my favorite verse:

    (2) My sin- O the joy 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!
     
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    There is so much Truth in these great hymns...and to think,some want to put the *old* hymnbooks away....Great hymns are what get you through the night. Thanks for sharing....
     
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    I heard from someone that Spafford eventually went nuts and began a cult-like organization. I never bothered to follow up on that.

    Is that true? Does anyone know of Spafford's life after It Is Well with My Soul?
     
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    From Christianity Today:

    http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/newsletter/2002/feb1.html

    Unable to track down definitive information on the rest, but here's what I have so far:

    http://www.webedelic.com/church/wellf.htm

    http://www.uscolo.edu/history/seminar/vester/paper.htm

    Many of the Internet biographies claim he died trying to rescue his wife from a train wreck. Apparently they're confusing him with Philip Bliss, who wrote the tune for the hymn. The source I found said he died of malaria in 1888.
     
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    i wish i could remember which hymn it was but in the train wreck that took Philip Bliss' life was found among his belongings the words to a famous hymn which he had written just before his death but not yet been published. anyone know which hymn im talking about?...i actually came upon the story the other day on cyberhymnal but now i cant recall the hymn or the whole story.
     
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    http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpbliss.html
     
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    Thanks rsr...thats the hymn i was thinking of..." I Will Sing Of My Redeemer " [​IMG]
     
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    I am unaware of Spafford's life after the writing of the song...but it is an awesome story that I've used in a sermon...

    The words are some of the most powerful, set in a hymn that's also one of my favorites [​IMG]
     
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    Aaron at another site it said later on in life he had the delusion that he was the Messiah and went to Jerusalem where he died. Such a great song came out of such a great tragedy... Brother Glen :(

    [ July 27, 2002, 11:37 PM: Message edited by: tyndale1946 ]
     
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    There is also a last verse to that song.

    And Lord, haste the day, when my faith shall be sound
    The Clouds be rolled back as the scroll
    The trump shall resound
    And the Lord shall decend
    Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord...Oh My Soul!
     
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    Two points. The last verse of the song is actually:

    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 shalt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

    For some reason most hymn books leave that one out.

    Also, about his later life, according to Dr. Bob,
    [ August 06, 2002, 01:34 PM: Message edited by: DocCas ]
     

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