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It Is Well with My Soul

It Is Well with My Soul

 

Romans 8:28 “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.”

 

Horatio Spafford was a lawyer and senior partner at his law firm in Chicago. On September 5, 1861, he married the love of his life, Anna Larsen. They had four daughters: Annie, Maggie, Bessie, and Tanetta. Not only was Horatio a successful lawyer and an elder of his church, but he was also a real estate investor. Over the years he had invested most of his wealth intodowntown Chicago. In 1871 tragedy struck. The Great Chicago Fire not only destroyed most of the city, but it also destroyed most of Horatio’s investments. Near financial ruin, Horatio and his wife decided to travel to England in support of their friend DL Moody. At the last minute, while still dealing with the effects of the fire, Horatio sent his family ahead to England with the plan of joining them later. Anna and their four girls boarded the French steamship, the Ville du Havre. While preparing to join his family, Horatio received a telegram from his wife that read, “Saved Alone.” Tragedy had struck once more. He would soon learn the Ville du Havre was struck by another ship killing 226 people including his four daughters. 

 

While Horatio was traveling across the Atlantic to be with his grieving wife, he crossed over the location where his daughters were lost. It was at this moment he penned the lyrics to “It Is Well with My Soul.”

 

After the unimaginable loss of all four of their daughters, Anna had 3 more children: Horatio, Bertha, and Grace. On February 11, 1880, a final tragedy would strike. At the age of three, their son, Horatio, died of scarlet fever. In 1881, Horatio and his family moved to Jerusalem. Horatio would spend the rest of his days ministering and sharing the love of Christ in and around Jerusalem.

 

In the midst of loss, it is so easy to lose hope. Our grief can consume us. As we come upon the 20th anniversary of 9-11, we are reminded how, in an instant, our lives can change forever. Tragedy and loss so easily fill us with fear and sadness. There is no amount of reasoning that can make sense or bring understanding. Hope is not found in reasoning. It certainly is not found in societal norms or personal opinions. True, lasting hope is only found in Jesus Christ. Jesus did not promise a life free from sadness. He never promised a life free from loss or tragedy.

 

Jesus, the One through Whom all things were created, came to this earth and while knowing no sin took our sins upon Himself so that for those who put their faith and trust in Him could be set free from hopelessness. He has promised us that there will be a day where, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

 

No matter what you have lost or whom you have lost, no matter what you will lose or whom you will lose, look only to Jesus and it will be well with your soul.

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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

(Hebrews 12:1-3)


Helen Lemmel emigrated, with her family, to the United States from England in 1875 at the age of 12. A daughter of a Methodist minister, she was an extremely gifted musician, songwriter, and singer. In 1907 she went to Germany to further study music and in 1911 returned to the US and began teaching vocal music at Moody Bible Institute.


Around 1918 one of Helen’s missionary friends gave her a devotional pamphlet titled “Focused” written by Lilias Trotter. In the pamphlet were the words, “So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.”


After reading the words, “I stood still, ” Helen recalled, “and singing in my soul and spirit was the chorus, with not one conscious moment of putting word to word to make rhyme, or note to note to make melody. The verses were written the same week, after the usual manner of composition, but nonetheless dictated by the Holy Spirit.”


Then tragedy struck. Helen had a condition that eventually caused her to go completely blind. Her husband, because he couldn’t handle having a blind wife, left her. She would spend the rest of her days in a small, one room apartment on welfare composing music on a small, plastic keyboard. When asked by people how she was doing, Helen would always respond with, “I’m doing well in the things that count.” Her enthusiastic joy was contagious to all that would visit her. 


She also said, “One day God is going to bless me with a great heavenly keyboard, I can hardly wait!” Helen died, with her eyes fixed on Jesus in 1961 at the age of 98 but not before writing and composing 500 songs and poems. 


No matter where you are in life turn your eyes upon Jesus. Even though she lost her sight, Helen kept the eyes of her heart on Jesus. She lost so much while she was in this world but because she was looking to Christ and trusting in Him she gained everything!


O soul are you weary and troubled

No light in the darkness you see

There's light for a look at the Savior

And life more abundant and free


Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in his wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of his glory and grace


His word shall not fail you he promised

Believe him and all will be well

Then go to a world that is dying

His perfect salvation to tell


Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in his wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of his glory and grace


O soul are you weary and troubled

No light in the darkness you see

There's light for a look at the Savior

And life more abundant and free


Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in his wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of his glory and grace

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Pour Into Others

Pastor Carl gave us this challenge; Are we pouring into others? Using an illustration of a sponge, we saw that we are to first seek after God as He pours into us. It doesn’t stop there, however. We MUST then, like a sponge, empty ourselves into others. What does your personal time with the Lord look like? Do you make time for Him? Not only when it’s convenient but do you seek after Him every waking moment? Do you ask Him to place you with others that need to be poured into? 

Take time every day this week to seek Him through prayer and in His Word. 


Monday- Matthew 19:13-15

Tuesday- Luke 18:17

Wednesday- Matthew 18:1-4

Thursday- Luke 14: 7-24

Friday- Romans 12:1-2

Saturday- Psalm 46:10

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