Is it Well, with your soul?


I recently learned about the history behind the hymn song “It is Well” and wow! It definitely changes the way I feel when I listen to the words, “So let go, my soul and trust in him”. The hymn was written by a business man, Horatio Spafford, who lost everything in the great Chicago fire, after that his family planned to travel to Europe but in a last minute circumstance he sent his family ahead of him. The ship they were on sank and all four of his daughters died. His wife sent him a telegram “survived, alone” He wrote the song while he was on the ship on his way to meet his wife, while passing the spot where the ship sank and his daughters lives were taken, he was inspired to write these words.

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, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath 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!
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!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when the 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.

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I can’t imagine the pain of this man from all that he lost, and yet he responds to God with praise. When you think of your pain and suffering and the things that haven’t gone your way in life, is this how you respond? Is it well with your soul? I know I couldn’t say that. All our years of crying out to God to please make us parents, it was not well with me. I was mad at God, confused. Now that I look into my beautiful daughters face, I can see what and who we were waiting for. Looking back on those years of affliction, I have peace about it all, but I should have trusted him more, that he is a loving father and that he was doing what was best for me and for my daughter.

God Bless you as wrestle to find peace in your circumstances.

My Favourite version of this song is by Bethel Music Click here to listen, or below to purchase.


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