On my missions trip to eastern Europe, one of my assignments was worship team training with the good folks at the Faith Church in Baja, Hungary.

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After 2 intense days of bible study,we took a relaxing cruise on the Danube River. Along the way we pulled out the guitars and worshiped.Later we had an awesome barbeque and more worship around the fire-pit. It was a beautiful time.

There was a really special moment on the boat when we started singing “It Is Well With my Soul”. Thankfully we caught it on video (yea!). We sang it the next day in Hungarian at their worship service. Sweet!

Back in the States, I included it with our worship set on 9-11-11.

When we sing this great hymn, I am reminded of the story behind it.

“This hymn was writ­ten af­ter two ma­jor trau­mas in Horatio Spaf­ford’s life. The first was the great Chi­ca­go Fire of Oc­to­ber 1871, which ru­ined him fi­nan­cial­ly (he had been a weal­thy bus­i­ness­man). Short­ly af­ter, while cross­ing the At­lan­tic, all four of Spaf­ford’s daugh­ters died in a col­li­sion with an­o­ther ship. Spaf­ford’s wife Anna sur­vived and sent him the now fa­mous tel­e­gram, “Saved alone.” Sev­er­al weeks lat­er, as Spaf­ford’s own ship passed near the spot where his daugh­ters died, the Ho­ly Spir­it in­spired these words. They speak to the eter­nal hope that all be­liev­ers have, no mat­ter what pain and grief be­fall them on earth.” http://www.cyberhymnal.org

[ For this and more inspiring song stories, check out 101 More Hymn Stories: The Inspiring True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns ]

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