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30 Mar 2008

It is Well- Part 2

Hello People,

Hope you all had a great weekend? On my last blog entry I felt compelled to write about this three words- "it is well" and I said I would conclude on my next entry. Well here goes. Sorry this is coming a bit late. Part 1 can be found here.

I am not sure how many of you have heard/sang this great hymn “It is Well with my Soul”. I love the song so much because the words are so profound and deep. I decided to do some research on the song and the person who was inspired to write it and this was what I found.

This hymn was written by Horatio Gates Spafford a famous Chicago lawyer. Looking at the title of the song you would probably think this man had it all together- family, money, wealth and all the good things in life. Well initially he did till he suffered unthinkable personal catastrophe.

First of all, his only son was killed by scarlet fever at the age of four. A year later, there was a great fire that destroyed a large estate he had heavily invested in. As a result of this he lost so much money. Am guessing by now some of us would think there is definitely someone after this man (maybe some old woman in the village). Anyway to get away from all the calamity around him, he decided to take his family on holiday to England. As they were getting ready to depart, some last minute business came up which kept Spafford behind. He decided to send his family ahead of him. Nine days later, Spafford received a telegram from his wife in Wales saying "Saved alone." Apparently the ship they were on collided with another ship and sank! Only his wife survived, while their four daughters died.

When he heard the terrible news, Spafford boarded the next ship out of New York to join his bereaved wife. On his way, the captain of the ship he was on, called him and showed him the spot where the ship sank. He then returned to his cabin and penned the lyrics of his great hymn- It is Well with My Soul.

Sad as it is, this song reveals a man whose trust was in the Lord because how else can you write a song saying it is well with your soul with so many catastrophe in your life none stop! I am not sure how many of us have experienced half as much sorrow and it would be difficult to predict what we would do under similar circumstances. However, the fact still remains that even though bad things happen in life, God is still a good God and we should put our trust in him. Who else could we even depend on except the Omnipresence and Omniscience (is everywhere and knows all) Hmm...I think I should stop here before i start a whole new topic!


Below are the lyrics of this great song

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.

Chorus-
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 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.

I hope this song makes some sense to you like it made sense to me.

My prayer is that as we move into the next quarter of this year 2008, it is well with us no matter the circumstances that come our way. If God is on our side, no one, nothing can be against us.

God bless!

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for another part. I'm needing this like every second. What would i have done if i was this man? I sure would have been declared suicidal. Oh Lord give me the grace and strength to accept that it is INDEED WELL irrespective of whatever. Thanks for sharing, i needed to be reminded AGAIN. How've u been?

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  2. Amazing and profound faith! And yes no matter the circumstances our God is a good God! Thanks for finding this out..brings the song alive again!

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  3. @rinsola- i second u on that o, all five children gone..ah e go hard for someone not to think of suicide.
    But you are right, what we need is grace!

    @writefreak- yes o...such astounding faith, may God give us such.

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  4. wow! it is well indeed,,only God can see someone through all that pain. It is well indeed..many times when I have nothing to say to somoen going thru a hard time I just say those 3 words..and truly with God in control all is well..

    ps.shea butter is a great product for nappy hair

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  5. 1st time here.
    i was truly touched by dis post, tanx so much 4 sharing,
    it is well

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  6. Whoooop.............now I can read a meanings and not just go on with the church recital.
    "IT IS WELL" yes it is.

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  7. @chioma- yes o it is well. thanks for the tip ;)

    @ladyguide- glad you were touched. thanks for stopping by

    @chikata- yes o its sometimes good to know the reason why some songs/hymns were written, that way we can appreciate and not just sing along. thanks for stopping by.

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  8. wow this was really inspirational..makes you think...it can never be that bad because God is always there and where is there is life..there is hope...:)

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  9. hmmm....loves it!
    Thanks for this

    I love the song too..dunno y, but anytime i sing this song,it reminds me of pa Adeboye, cos he always says it is well!

    keep posting love.

    First time here

    and am in love!..*well not with u!!!

    lol

    Take care

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  10. ...many a time i see these people as the Job of our time whom He allowed these things to happen to 'cos He knew they would not falter. But, more importantly 'cos these people have a message (in this case a song) He wanted passed across to us.

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