By Jane Reeves

It is Well with my Soul


This hymn was written after several traumatic events in Horatio Spafford's life. The first was the death of his only son in 1871 at the age of four, shortly followed by the Chicago Fire which ruined him financially. Then in 1873, he planned to travel to Europe with his family but ended up sending them ahead of him because of fire related issues he needed to attend to. While crossing the Atlantic the ship collided with another ship and quickly sank and all four of his daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him a telegram: "Saved Alone." Spafford left for England soon after that to meet his grieving wife. He was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died. The Spaffords later had three more children, one of whom (a son) died in infancy. In 1881 the Spaffords, including baby Bertha and newborn Grace, set sail for Israel and Jerusalem where they would set up a group called the AMERICAN COLONY; its mission was to serve the poor.

Jane Corwin Reeves

It is well with my soul with some history - video
To see pictures of the family and listen to the hymn born out of deep sorrow.

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.

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.

But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of 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.

It is well, with my soul
It is well, with my soul
It is well, it is well, with my soul.