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Story behind the Hymn “It Is Well With My Soul – Lawyer Horatio Spafford

The song “It Is Well With My Soul” was written by a successful Christian lawyer Horatio Spafford, his only son died at age 4 in 1871,in 1872, the great Chicago fire wiped out his vast estate made from a successful legal career, in 1873 he sent his wife and 4 daughters over to Europe on a summer trip on the ill fated ville du Havre. Since he had a lot of work to do, he planned to follow them later.

The Ship sank and he lost his 4 daughters with the wife being the only survivor, she sent him a famous telegram which simply read, SAVED ALONE….

On His return home, his Law firm was burned down and the insurance refused to pay, they said “It’s An Act Of God”.  He had no money to pay for his house and no work, he also lost his house.  Then while sitting and thinking what’s happening to him, being a spiritual person, he wrote a song – whatever my Lord, you have taught me to say – It is well, it is well with my soul.

My dear friend, a good attitude will determine your altitude.  When you look at your life, career, job or family life, what do you say?  Do you praise God? Do you blame the devil?  A good attitude towards God makes Him move on your behalf.  Just sit down and say, Today God, it is well with my soul, I am thankful I had a peaceful sleep, I am thankful I am alive with possibilities, I am thankful I have a roof over me, I am thankful I have a job, I am thankful that I have Family and Friends.  Above all, I am thankful that I have the Lord Jesus Christ on my side.  Be blessed and don’t be envious or shocked when others are prospering because you don’t know what they have been through to get there (test, trials and tribulation) so thank God for what you have.  “Little is much when God is in it. It Is Well With My Soul!  Touch someones life with this message if God is for us, who can be against us?  Don’t read if you can’t forward.  God has seen you struggling with something.  God says it’s over.  A blessing is coming your way.  If you believe in God send this message on, please don’t ignore it, you are being tested.  God is going to fix two things (BIG) in your favor.

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Written by Perry Martins

Perry Martins, officially known as Martins Okonkwo is One of Africa's foremost Gospel Music and Christian Entertainment blogger. He is Tony Elumelu Foundation Alumni and a Young African Leaders Initiative Alumni.
Perry is also a Radio and TV host on Gospotainment Radio.