Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday Worship - October 21, 2015


Welcome back to Wednesday Worship!

Today's hymn spotlight, It is Well with My Soul, written by Horatio Spafford, is probably the hymn that moves me to tears the most often.  It seems that whenever I am going through a particularly rough time, it is then that the Lord providentially plans for the Worship team to sing It is Well with My Soul.  As the words to the hymn build, my spirit is broken in worship of my God...

The story behind the writing of this hymn is tragic.  Horatio Spafford was a devout Christian and faithful student of the Scriptures.  Dwight L. Moody was actually one of his friends.  He was also a wealthy Chicago lawyer.  He lived in a beautiful home with his wife, four daughters and a son.

At the height of Horatio's financial and professional success, his young son died tragically.  Shortly thereafter, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed most of his real estate investments.

Horatio scheduled a boat trip for his wife and daughters to give them a much needed vacation to recover from the tragedies.  He stayed behind to finish up some business only to receive news that the boat had been involved in a collision and all four of his daughters drowned - only his wife survived.  Horatio boarded a ship to meet his grieving wife in England.  It was on that trip that he penned those now famous words, "When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul."

For more than a century, the tragic story of one man has given hope to countless thousands who have lifted their voices to sing, It Is Well With My Soul...

It is Well with My Soul

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.

Refrain:
It is well (it is well),
with my soul (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.

Refrain

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain


Please enjoy Bill and Gloria Gaither singing It is Well with My Soul



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14 comments:

  1. I love your Wednesday Worship feature. I love this hymn. I love that not too long ago, my 16-year-old daughter Facebook-messaged me to send me a link to a Bethel Music version of it. (This is how we operate in the modern age when she's upstairs on her laptop and I'm down at my desktop.:) ) And I love that a few weeks ago, we sang it together as a duet in church. Truly, it was well with my soul. Thank you for sharing this post and song, dear Karen. (Here's a link to the Bethel version if you're curious...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnNsVYCPbK8.)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Elizabeth.

      Awe. lol. How special that you and your daughter sang that as a duet.

      I had never heard Bethel's version of it until tonight. It is absolutely beautiful! I think this is the version my own daughter had told me I need to listen to. :-) The "It is well" stanza gives me chills!! Thank you so much for sharing the link!!

      I always enjoy your visits. :-)

      And you are very welcome.

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  2. This is probably my most favorite hymn.

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  3. Love, love this song! The words always challenge me to my core and make me deal with anything that is "not well with my soul."

    Thank you for sharing this hymn today.

    Found you on Little R and R.
    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

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    1. Melanie, I agree...

      You are very welcome.

      Thanks so much for visiting. :-)

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  4. Love, love the Gaithers and this song. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Deborah, I'm not as familiar with them, but when searching for a good audio version of the hymn, I find their versions so worshipful and enjoy them very much. :-)

      So glad you stopped by. :-)

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  5. Thank you for this informative post.

    God bless.

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    1. Victor, You are very welcome! :-)

      Blessings to you too.

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  6. I really appreciate this story behind the song! What a testimony to go through so much pain and loss on earth and yet to share... the glorious safety of the soul! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Karen!

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    1. JES, It has been so edifying to read about the lives of many of these hymn writers, the fiery trials they have gone through and how God has used them through their hymns to leave a legacy of encouragement, hope, comfort and strength for generations to come.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

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  7. Good morning! Just a little note to let you know that this post was FEATURED today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Have a lovely week! :) And thank you for joining us!

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    1. JES, I am humbled that you chose my blog post.

      Thank you so much!

      Blessings to you. :-)

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