Songs have seasons and times. As a musician, singer and songwriter part of what you hope for is to write, play and sing in such a way that you touch the hearts of your listeners, “in your time”; that your songs would “move heaven and earth”. You also hope that your songs will endure, that future generations will sing them.
Some songs have the ability to transcend context because they reached into our lives and touch us at the core of who we are as human beings regardless of the times in which we live. I like to refer to those songs as “songs for all seasons”. The hymn “It is well with my soul” is such a song. I was reminded recently of this hymn on an early morning walk.
The words to the hymn were written by Horatio Spafford [1828-1888]. Spafford suffered a series of tragedies which began with the death of his only son in 1870. He also lost his investments in the Chicago fire of 1871. In 1873, his four daughters died tragically when the ship they were travelling on to England sank after an accident at sea. It is speculated that Spafford wrote the words to the hymn at sea near the area where the ship carrying his daughters went down.
We may never find ourselves in the depths of despair and grief as Horatio Spafford but in the midst of where we are, because of the radical grace given to us in Jesus Christ, we can choose to confess, “It is well with my soul”.
I have included a clip of my rendition of “It is well with my soul”. Hope you are blessed by it.
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