It is well with my soul

I just listened today to a Facebook post that made my morning and has gripped my attention so much that I needed to share here. 

It’s a beautiful rendition of “It Is Well with My Soul,” with one singer actually performing four parts in harmony. That alone is remarkable, but combined with the message of the hymn, it is utterly powerful and moving. 

You may recall that the hymn was written by Horatio Spafford in 1876. He had lost his 2-year-old son followed by the Great Chicago fire, which ruined him financially. The family decided to travel to Europe for some rest and recovery. At the last minute, Spafford was delayed but sent his family on ahead. While crossing the Atlantic, their ship sank rapidly after a collision with another ship, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone …”.

Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write the words to this hymn as his ship passed near where his daughters had died. It is a remarkable witness to a man’s faith in and love of God.

I encourage you to pause now and listen to this hymn. It will be the best 4 minutes and 20 seconds of your day.