Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It is well with my soul

Hooked up with this video by Ken Wilson. It was part of their Christmas services and features their band playing the famous old hymn - It is well with my soul.

I've been reading Job recently and following his highs and lows through the disasters in his life. So when I listened to this song my mind went back to the story of Horatio Spafford the writer of the hymn.

Here is an wiki extract:

"This hymn was written after several traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his only son in 1871, shortly followed by the great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer). Then in 1873, he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the S.S. Ville du Havre, but sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with another ship, and all four of Spafford's daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone." Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died."

It Is Well from David Jolley on Vimeo.


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