It Is Well With My Soul ...

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  1. PJ

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    I was reminded this week of the life of Ho­ra­tio G. Spaf­ford, the writer of the song "It Is Well With My Soul." He and wife Anna lost their infant son to illness around 1870. In 1871, they lost everything they owned in the great Chi­ca­go Fire. In 1873, their four daughters perished aboard the S.S. Ville de Havre when it collided with another ship. Anna survived the collision and sent her husband this simple telegram ... “Saved alone.” Oh, the grief he must've felt.

    Mr. Spafford boarded a ship to get to his wife as quickly as possible and along the way, his ship passed over the very spot where his four daughters had perished. His pen flowed as the Ho­ly Spir­it in­spired these words ...

    Mr. Spafford's words speak to the eter­nal hope that all be­liev­ers have, no mat­ter what pain and grief be­fall them on earth. This has long since been one of my favorite songs.
     
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    Thankyou. One of my very favorites also.
     
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    Thanks for posting this. This is one of the hymns that makes me cry every time I hear it (and, apparently, READ it as well)...yet not tears of sadness--only joy.
    With all the problems that beset all of us daily, this beautiful testimony of faith even midst the trials is a gentle reminder to me to remember how truly blessed I am. [​IMG]
     
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    I've never seen the fourth and fifth verses before.
     
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    This is one of the most beautiful Gospel Songs ever written, and even more so when you know the story behind it. I have told this to our church family from time to time.

    I, too, do not remember seeing the 4th & 5th verses. Thanks for giving them to us!! [​IMG]
     
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    Love this song! It seems to be a favorite of most people. [​IMG] Thanks!
     
  8. Joseph M. Smith

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    You included:

    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.

    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!
    Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!

    I am glad to see these verses. I had never seen them before. It's too bad that our hymnals so often omit verses from original poems, as those verses can be full of meaning and may even be needed to express the original thought completely.

    On the other hand, I have in my possession a British hymnal that has as many as 18 verses on some hymns. I wonder how many times they were all used in a worship service!
     
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    Thanks for those extra verses!! I didn't know those. [​IMG]
     
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    I too agree with this being one of the best gospel songs of all time. This song was sang at my wife's funeral 4/9/06. What a beautiful song and deep song, especially knowing the story behind it.
    My own son sang "Only Hope" which I believe to be a Caedmon's Call song. For him to be able to sing at his own mom's funeral, All had to be well with his soul!
    Then Mark Hall (Casting Crowns) sang "Praise you in this Storm".
    All in all, we had a worship service, complete with a Gospel message, and 7 or 8 people accepted Christ as their Saviour! Praise God for his matchless grace!! Shane
     
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    wow, what a legacy. Her life (and death) was definitely not in vain.
     
  12. Gwen

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    Wow, Shane, I'm so sorry about your wife. You chose some beautiful songs to honor her life. God bless you, I know it's hard. Praise God for the people that were saved!

    It Is Well is my all time favorite hymn. Thanks,PJ!
     
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    It is my all time favorite hymn.. I had it sung at my ordination and want it sung at my funeral.

    I especially like the 3rd verse..
     
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    I'm so sorry for the loss of your wife, shane usry. It is times like these we are reminded that it is well with our soul.

    God bless you, sir ... and thanks for sharing.

    [ April 24, 2006, 11:26 AM: Message edited by: PJ ]
     

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