It is Well With My Soul

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My clock plays hymns on the hour so today I’ve heard It Is Well With My Soul several times. Ahhh, yes. Is it well with your soul today? Soul as in your thinking responses to the chaos around us and your emotional responses to what you are facing?

Horatio Spafford wrote this wonderful hymn back in 1873. After suffering significant financial losses in the Chicago fire of 1871, he sent his wife and 4 daughters via ship to England. He planned to wrap up a few details and follow them. Instead, he received a telegram from his wife that simply stated the ship had sunk and all four daughters perished. Loss upon loss upon loss. He immediately left for England. When he passed by the area a few days later, the ship captain let him know they were passing over the spot where his daughters had died. He wrote these words to express his hope in grief. You may access the song at

  1. When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.

    • Refrain:
      It is well with my soul,
      It is well, it is well with my soul.
  2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
  3. My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
  4. For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
  5. But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
  6. And Lord, haste the day when the 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.

Horatio G Spafford 1873, lyrics are public domain

In these times, we need a fresh glimpse of the power and love and goodness of God. Jacob found such a glimpse when we fled from his brother after having stolen Esau’s birthright and blessing. He had stopped for the night, stretched out on the ground with a stone for a pillow. He had an incredible dream in which God met him and gave him promises.

Jacob’s response? 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”
17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
Genesis 28:16-17 (NASB)

As I read those words this morning and heard my clock play, I thought, “Yes, God is in this place. And it is well with my soul.” I do not want to forget that God is sovereign, whether it looks like it at the moment or not. Nothing we face today caught Him off guard. Even COVID-19. He will take care of every need, perhaps by changing our view of parts of it and perhaps by simply supplying.

What are you saying today? I trust you also know the LORD, the God of our futures, is in this place, and it can be well with your soul.


Carol Boggess, author and speaker at A Healing Journey

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