Story Behind the Song: It is Well With My Soul

Sometimes things happen in life that are devastating.   Such is the life of  Horatio Spafford, a lawyer who lived in Chicago in the 1800’s.  Any one of the following things would be traumatic, yet he experienced all of these:

  • His only son died at the age of four.
  • About that time, the great fire in Chicago in 1871 destroyed him financially.
  • Later, Spafford planned a European vacation in 1873 with his wife, Anna, and four daughters, Maggie, Tanetta, Annie, and Bessie.  Business kept him behind and he was to join them in Europe.  However, the ship on which he sent his family sank in the Atlantic Ocean and only his wife survived.  All four of his daughters died along with 222 other passengers!  Anna cabled her husband, “Saved alone!”

On his way to meet his grieving wife, Spafford said these words, “It is well; the will of God be done,” as his ship passed close to where his four daughters had died.  Later, he wrote the words to this song based on those words.
Since Horatio lost all of his children, I thought it would be a nice tribute to have these young ones sing his song.   Here is a young teenage group, all siblings, who do a beautiful job of singing this amazing song written by Horatio, It is Well With My Soul:



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