It Is Well With My Soul ~ Hymn

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.

Refrain

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

Refrain

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!

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!

Refrain

And Lord, haste the day when my 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.

Refrain

Words: Ho­ra­tio G. Spaf­ford, 1873.

This hymn was writ­ten af­ter two ma­jor trau­mas in Spaf­ford’s life. The first was the great Chi­ca­go Fire of Oc­to­ber 1871, which ru­ined him fi­nan­cial­ly (he had been a weal­thy bus­i­ness­man). Short­ly af­ter, while cross­ing the At­lan­tic, all four of Spaf­ford’s daugh­ters died in a col­li­sion with an­o­ther ship. Spaf­ford’s wife Anna sur­vived and sent him the now fa­mous tel­e­gram, “Saved alone.” Sev­er­al weeks lat­er, as Spaf­ford’s own ship passed near the spot where his daugh­ters died, the Ho­ly Spir­it in­spired these words. They speak to the eter­nal hope that all be­liev­ers have, no mat­ter what pain and grief be­fall them on earth.

We sang this at Sophie Wozniuk’s Funeral on Wednesday and I decided to share it for my Sunday Hymn.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

11 thoughts on “It Is Well With My Soul ~ Hymn

  1. This hymn was so inspired by the Holy Spirit! “And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight. ” I have always loved that verse oh this song.

  2. 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!

    This is my favorite part. Now if we could only live our lives in Christ as if we believed it! Why is it such a difficult thing? Never mind, I just answered my own question…warfare!

    Happy Sunday Ellen B.! I hope today’s filled with many blessing from the LORD!!!

    xoxo Cori G.

  3. thank you for typing this all out…love this hymn!
    I can just hear the whole mass of people singing this at Sophies “celebration funeral”!!!
    Blessing to you

  4. I love this hymn! I already knew the circumstances in which Spafford wrote it but rereading them is so powerful. What a testimony to the assurance that we have in Christ!

  5. hello,
    i am a singer/songwriter and my husband and i have just completed our first album together (all written, arranged, and performed by us). I have been making videos on youtube to get the lyrics out and i wanted to use the picture on your post. i found it on google images and thought it would be great for a remake of a hymn that we had recorded. i was so surprised that that was the picture you had used for the same hymn. we arranged a version of it is well with my soul! 🙂

    i just wanted to see if i could get permission to use the picture of el matador beach. if not, i’ll understand and will try to find something else.

    thanks!
    moon hui

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