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I was so pleased to find this link…….So many churches have given up on the old hymns…to attract the people ……… It has been said that any Christian music that draws more attention to musical talent, musical techniques (the instrumentalists, or singer), or the manner of presentation , is INFERIOR to the secular music of Vivaldi, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms adn Beethoven. A real Christian musician MINISTERS; he or she never "performs". He or she never deservs, needs, covets (or should have) any applause. If anyone applauds, let it be the One who was magnified and glorified. A real Christian musician (instrument or vocal) is deeply concerned with conveying a MESSAGE, not a voice, or a technique, or a personality! Below you will find an perfect example of this.

This hymn was written after two major traumas in Spafford's life. The first was the great Chicago fire of October 1871, which ruined him financially (he had been a wealthy businessman). Shortly thereafter, while crossing the Atlantic, all four of Spafford's daughters died in a collision with another ship. Spafford's wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone." Several weeks later, as Spafford's own ship passed the spot where his daughters died, the Holy Spirit inspired these words. They speak to the eternal hope that all believers have, no matter what pain and grief befall them here on earth. The Spaffords had a consistent history of acting on their faith. After the Chicago fire, they devoted countless hours to helping the survivors. In 1881, they moved to Jerusalem (taking two daughters born after the shipwreck tragedy) and helped found a group called the American Colony; its mission was to serve the poor. The colony later became the subject of the Nobel prize winning Jerusalem, by Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlöf. Horatio Spafford died of malaria in 1888.

This song means so much more when we know the story behind it..would to God that we could all have the faith and trust that this man had.

It is Well with My Soul

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, 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 blessed assurance control,
That Christ has 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!

And Lord, haste the day when my 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.


By clicking here you will be able to visit the Cyber Hymnal, it has thousands of Hymns listed with their composers and its history. Enjoy!


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