Wednesday, December 16, 2020

It Is Well


Are you familiar with the hymn, "It Is Well with My Soul?"  If you've never heard it, the link to listen is below.

Finding peace these days is difficult. We all have challenges of some sort.

Millions of people are now without jobs. Businesses are closed because of government shutdowns. Thousands are losing homes and going hungry.

And let's not forget the three thousand who've died with Covid-19.  This terrible disease costs us more than life. We have fear, dread and division as a result of the virus descending on our world.

In addition to the challenges of Covid-19, we have the normal ones. Seniors must endure the side effects of old age. Folks are also dying of natural causes. Teenagers creating havoc for parents. Babies with incurable diseases. Divorce. Loss of income. Drug and alcohol addiction. Car wrecks.

During these difficult days, it becomes necessary to find peace. During the 24 hours of a day, tranquility and comfort isn't always possible

Life causes stress, but there can be peace with our souls.

Horatio G. Spafford, an attorney in Chicago lost his fortune in 1871, and his 4 year old son died with scarlet fever. He decided to send his wife and four daughters to England. The elegant ship they were on collided with another, and his daughters drowned at sea. His wife telegraphed, "Saved alone."

Horatio booked passage to England. When the ship reached the place where his daughters had died, he stood at the rail and looked down into the sea. He was in turmoil, but a peace came upon him, and he wrote the poem, "It is Well with My Soul."  It was later set to music.

As I sing the song, I'm reminded of the challenges in my life. Like you, I have many. However, because of Jesus Christ, I can say, it is well with my soul.

Does that mean I understand why God allows bad things to happen? Absolutely not!! Do I sometimes question Him?  Yes!! I do, but I always remind myself that He knows what He's doing, and that should be enough for me. Is this trust and acceptance hard to find?  Yes, sometimes, it is, and I spend hours and days working on my belief that He knows best, but I find that trusting Him works.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  Proverbs 3:5

Hymn "It Is Well with My soul"

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