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Summary: The story of Horacio Spafford from his daughter’s book tells the true story of his life. The sermon helps us deal with the struggles we face in life.

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as an elder and working with the YMCA.

A visitor to his office 2 years after the shipwreck

asked about the telegram in a frame above Spafford’s desk

carrying only the words, "Saved alone."

Spafford told the man the full story

and again affirmed, "It is well. God’s will be done."

The Spafford had 2 more daughters and 1 son

born after the tragedy.

But sorrow and tragedy would strike them again.

In 1880, their 4-year-old son, Horatio,

came down with scarlet fever.

In spite of the efforts by the best physicians in Chicago,

Spafford’s son died.

Some members of the Presbyterian congregation

to which the Spaffords belonged

believed that some sin in their lives

had caused all these tragedies.

They kept telling the Spaffords to repent!

But Spafford said: “It Is Well With My Soul”



Verses 2, 10:

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

· "Relax" or "Be still."

Stop fighting it so hard!

Quit struggling against it..

· How can we do that?

"know that I am God."

· Remember that God is God,

that God reigns,

that God is still on his Throne.

· Then we can say

Psalm 46:2

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,

and though the mountains be carried into the midst

of the sea;

· This means believing that God is all powerful,

all knowing, and all present.

· This means bringing our stresses and fears to Him

and seeking His help.

· This means trusting God with all our problems.

· This means resting in Him as our refuge.

· Jesus knew our tendency to fear and be restless;

· He spoke these powerful words:

John 14:1

"Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me."

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as

the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be

troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The opposition grew

until finally the Spaffords were asked to leave their church.

And with unwavering faith and trust in God,

they departed.

Long interested in biblical archaeology,

Spafford decided to leave the United States.

In 1881, at the age of 53, he and his wife and 2 daughters

moved to Jerusalem.

There they founded an American colony

where they spent the rest of their lives.

The words "it is well with my soul" are not found in scripture,

But Jesus did say,

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened…

and you will find rest for your souls"

(Matthew 11:28-29).

Our compassionate heavenly Father

gives us comfort, hope and peace

in his Son Jesus Christ.

One day God will wipe away every tear

and there will be no more death or mourning

or crying or pain.

Horatio Spafford died in the faith of malaria in 1888.

His daughter, Bertha Spafford Vester,

led the group to establish the American Colony Hotel,

which has provided a welcome oasis

for travelers to Jerusalem for more than a century.

What a fitting tribute to the one

who gave us these words to sing:

It is Well with My Soul

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

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Kendall Simpson

commented on Apr 13, 2013

According to some reports Spafford cited the account of the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4 whose son had died. When the prophet Elisha asked her how she was her response was, ?It is well.? However the honesty of this response is called into question?not only due the recent death of the woman?s son, but also this statement made by Elisha: ?Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her:? (2 Kings 4:26-27 KJV) In the NIV it says: ?She is in bitter distress.?

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