Horatio Spafford was a successful lawyer, husband, father of 4, and friend of renowned preacher D.L. Moody. 1871 was a tough year for Mr. Spafford. It began with the loss of his one and only son and then horribly continued with the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 where he lost most of the real estate he had invested in along with much of his savings.
A family devastated and hurt, Horatio decided they needed a ‘vacation.’ His friend Moody would be preaching in England so that’s where they get away to enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, as time drew near for their departure, Spafford’s work delayed his leave and he sent his wife and daughters ahead of him promising to meet up with them leaving a few days later. That trip across the ocean met a terrible fate as Spafford’s family’s boat was struck by another vessel with catastrophic casualties. Spafford’s wife made it to England and sent word, “Saved alone.”
As Spafford sailed across the area where his 4 precious daughters now laid at the bottom of the sea it is said that he began to pen the lyrics to the well known hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.”
Pain and loss are inevitable in this life. The ability to face God in those circumstances is truly challenging. The heart it takes to pen a worship song to that God in those circumstances is stunning. It is my prayer and song this week to sing for those families and friends who lost loved ones, sons, and daughters that their soul may be made well through this tragedy.
“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come.
Let this blessed assurance control: that Christ has regarded my helpless estate and hath shed His own blood for my soul.”
Inspired from ‘Living the Message’ by Jody McBrayer