29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
2 Corinthians 12:9
9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
It Is Well with My Soul
“It Is Well with My Soul” is a very influential hymn penned by hymnist Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss.
This hymn was written after several traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his only son in 1871, shortly followed by the great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer). Then in 1873, he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre, but sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sailing ship, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone.” Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.
One of my favourite hymns of all time!
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know, It is well, it is well, with my soul.
I just love the lyrics. How meaningful..about God’s grace and sufficiency, about how we can put or faith and trust in him, knowing in full confidence that everything is in control.
Today, I sat alone at the pulpit (the ‘rents are holidayying in vietnam!) and it’s quiet times like this when I remember God’s graciousness to me. How so many countless times in my life, he has been there watching over and planning out things for me. Many a times, I get confused and wonder what in the world?? but time again, He has proven himself to be truthful. Solitary reflective moments like these are THE best.