21 May 2017

Dear family in Christ

When things are very difficult and painful in our life, how do we cope? Who do we turn to?

An American couple, Horatio Spafford and his wife Anna, exemplified complete trust in God in life’s painful situations. In 1871, their only son died. Later that same year, their personal property were burnt in the Great Chicago fire. But their greatest testing came in 1873. Anna Spafford and their four daughters boarded the French ship “Villa de Havre” on their way to England. Sadly just off the coast of Ireland, the ship sank, with 226 persons losing their lives. Horatio received a cable from his wife, which read “saved alone“.

As Horatio sailed to England to comfort his wife in the devastating loss of their four daughters, he found gracious strength in God as the Word of God ministered to his aching heart. As his ship sailed past the spot where the ship had sunk, he penned the words of this hymn It is Well with My Soul.

In the first stanza and the chorus, Horatio found rest and peace in God to say “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.”

In the final stanza, he looked forward with faith and confidence in the Return of the Lord Jesus.

O, 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.

Whatever difficulties you are going through in your life right now, may God’s grace strengthen you to sing “It is Well with my Soul”.

In Christ

Pastor John