By human standards Horatio Spafford was a success. He owned a thriving business, a home and had a beautiful family (wife, four daughters and infant son. He was a devout Christian with a deep rotted faith.
Tragedy and heartbreak did not surpass Spafford or his family. He lost his only son to illness in infancy. He lost his thriving businesses and properties were destroyed in the Great Chicago fire. A short time later Spafford and his family planned to set sail on vacation to England. However, business matters kept him from traveling with his family. His wife and four daughters set sail ahead of him.
As he prepared to make his own journey, he was told that the ship carrying his family sank. He received a telegram from his wife that read: Survived Alone.
Everything he knew and loved was gone. Yet even in his darkest hour he clung to his faith and to his God. He stood on the ship's deck at the point where his daughters drowned and penned the song "It is Well with my Soul.” The immortal words that speak to a broken heart: Whatever my lot, the Lord has taught me to say... It is well...It is well with my soul.
We learn that even as tragedy persistent God's grace is sufficient. Often times the deepest inspiration of our soul are brought to light and are shown to a suffering world.
Deep in my soul, lays an inspiration
Such a newfound sensation
Still so new is what I see
And I find the inspiration of my Creator in me
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