Story Behind the Song – “It Is Well With My Soul”

Most Christians already know the story behind Horatio G. Spafford and the writing of the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”, just as we know the story of the suffering of Job.

Most of us, thankfully, cannot comprehend the sufferings of either, so we do not know with certainty how we would react in the situations in which either Job or Horatio G. Spafford found themselves.

Mercifully God has required few people to endure such suffering, yet these men showed an amazing faith as they walked through their trials. Job lamented:

Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! ” Job 19:23

God honored that request and Job’s suffering, faith, and lessons learned have been used to teach and help millions. Also, God’s faithfulness to Job is recorded, as well.

When Horatio G. Spafford lost his son to scarlet fever in 1870, most of his estate to the Chicago fire,  and one year later he and his wife, Anna, lost their four daughters in a drowning accident, he penned the words to the song, “It Is Well With My Soul.”

If you do not know the story, you may want to read the story at Hubpages,  It Is Well With My Soul; Story Behind the Hymn and/or listen to the moving words that Spafford wrote.



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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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