It is Well With My Soul

“When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.” 
 

When we were preparing for Lent in worship committee, our music director Karen Schweinfest had a brilliant idea: “What about the theme, “It is Well With My Soul,” she suggested.  The hymn was written by Horatio Spafford.  After terrible tragedy struck him and he lost his daughters at sea, Spafford wrote the lyrics to this hymn:

 

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.

 

Whatever is going on in life, whatever storms may come, this song is about trusting in God that somehow, in ways we probably can’t see right now, it is well.

 

When we chose this theme for Lent, we felt that it would be an excellent theme to help us navigate the wilderness of Lent, the wilderness of lives, while trusting that “It is Well.”  We  had no idea the “sea billows” of anxiety and change that would be rolling over us all now.  And yet, it continues to be the perfect theme.  In the midst of so much uncertainty, of so many storm clouds appearing in the seas of our lives, this is exactly the right time to anchor ourselves even more securely to God.  

 

I’m curious – What are each of you struggling with during this time?  How can we pray for you?  And in what ways have you experienced the calm of knowing “it is well?” Share your comments below!
 
May peace and HOPE be with you during this time,
Pastor Christie
 

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One Response to “It is Well With My Soul”

  1. Carmen Hasdorff says:

    I am retired and home a lot of the time but this feels different. I do feel isolated and at times depressed. I find comfort in reading devotions and prayer.

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