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.
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 writÂten afÂter two maÂjor trauÂmas in Horatio SpafÂfordâ€™s life. The first was the great ChiÂcaÂgo Fire of OcÂtoÂber 1871, which ruÂined him fiÂnanÂcialÂly (he had been a wealÂthy busÂiÂnessÂman). ShortÂly afÂter, while crossÂing the AtÂlanÂtic, all four of SpafÂfordâ€™s daughÂters died in a colÂliÂsion with anÂoÂther ship. SpafÂfordâ€™s wife Anna surÂvived and sent him the now faÂmous telÂeÂgram, â€œSaved alone.â€ SevÂerÂal weeks latÂer, as SpafÂfordâ€™s own ship passed near the spot where his daughÂters died, the HoÂly SpirÂit inÂspired these words. They speak to the eterÂnal hope that all beÂlievÂers have, no matÂter what pain and grief beÂfall them on earth.” http://www.cyberhymnal.org
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