I grew up on hymns. They are still in my mind and my soul, so I wanted to end this month of music with not just any hymn, but one of the grand old hymns of the church. I had many to choose from, but inner guidance was telling me to choose It is Well With My Soul.
There is an amazing story behind this hymn which was written by Horatio Spafford (1828-1888) and was born out of great personal tragedy and loss. First his son died, then he lost his personal fortune when the Chicago First destroyed his real estate investments. Several years later he sent his wife and four daughters by ship to Europe, planning to join them later. The ship wrecked on the way and then the dreaded telegram from his wife arrived. The girls had not made it off the ship. On the ship to meet his wife he wrote those words which have given comfort to so many. The poem moved composer Philip Bliss (1838-1876) to write the music for this great hymn which has given comfort to so many.
Please take a minute to listen to this beautiful A Cappella rendition of It Is Well With My Soul by Vocal Point from Brigham Young University.