In the late 1800's, a man named Horatio Gates Spafford suffered a series of tragedies. First the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed his real estate investment and destroyed him financially. The strides he took toward reestablishing stability were frustrated with an economic decline in 1873. But things would get worse.
He sent his wife and four daughters ahead to Europe where he was soon to join them. But the ship they set sail on sunk on its trek across the Atlantic. His wife survived, but the Spaffords' four daughters died.
How is it that Spafford could soon after write a hymn entitled 'It Is Well With My Soul' even as he crossed the Atlantic...near the very spot where his daughters perished? Knowing that his sins were forgiven - not in part, but in whole - this was his comfort to say, 'It is well with my soul.' Knowing that his daughters had the full forgiveness in Christ as they faced death - this was his comfort to say, 'It is well with my soul.'
May that be your comfort today and your every day as well, to know that through Jesus, the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Even through tragedy and sorrow, it is well with your soul when you look to Jesus and know that in Him, you are forgiven fully.
My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.