It is Well
by Michael S. Tyrrell
November 9, 2020
Have you heard the old hymn “It is Well with My Soul?”
It’s one that has long been on my personal list of favorites.
In these times of heightened distress, division, violence and hate, an old hymn like this one can be as comforting as a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter night. It can speak a soothing word of healing to a heavy heart and help reframe our thoughts.
Although many are familiar with the song, not everyone knows the heartbreaking story behind the lyrics, so allow me to do a quick summary:
“It is Well with My Soul” was written in 1873 by successful Chicago attorney and businessman, Horatio Spafford, after he suffered a series of tragic losses in his life.
First, he and his wife lost their four-year old son to illness.
Shortly after that, he went through near financial ruin when during the Great Chicago Fire, all the buildings he had heavily invested in burnt down, including his law firm.
In mid-November 1873, Spafford planned to set sail with his family to England to assist his friend, D.L. Moody with an evangelistic crusade. Detained on business at the last minute, he sent his wife and four young daughters ahead, promising to catch up in a few days.
The unimaginable happened on his family’s voyage when their ship struck another vessel and all four of his daughters lost their lives along with 222 other souls on board. Spafford’s wife Anna survived and sent him a short but heart-rending telegram…”Saved alone”.
Soon after, Spafford sailed to join his grieving wife. As they crossed the Atlantic, the captain of the ship informed Spafford they were passing over the area where his daughters lost their lives.
Incredibly, God gave him the grace to know that his children were not at the bottom of the sea but safe in the arms of their Lord. He then had the strength of soul to write the beautiful words to this amazing hymn.
Though we may be tempted to live in the fear of “What ifs” and the unknown, if we put our faith and trust in Christ, then we can cling to God’s promise when he said,
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
– Matthew 28:20
We can know that peace in our souls does not depend on our circumstances or what may come in this life. We can have peace and tranquility no matter what storms come in our lives. That is really good news!
I’ve included the words to the first verse and refrain of this meaningful hymn, and pray that, like Horatio Spafford, we can have the confidence and peace from God to say (and sing!) “It is well with my soul.”
It is Well with My Soul – Lyrics by Horatio Spafford
When peace like a river, attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, (it is well)
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul!
I truly believe that along with the peace that only comes from trusting in God, Wholetones is an amazing resource for tapping into our body’s ability to tune into tranquility, rest and wellness. It can help create the atmosphere to really help you
“Let Go and Let God.”
And we could all use some of that, don’t you think?
Michael S. Tyrrell
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