Thursday, October 6, 2011

It is well with my soul

I've never been a huge fan of the song, "It is Well With My Soul."

It is often sung at funerals and seems so incredibly depressing. Ryan and I heard it at a wedding once and it was sung so terribly (not to mention a very odd song for a wedding celebration) that we had to contain our laughter.

The hymn was written in 1873 and the story behind the song is one of deep sorrow and loss. You can read about it here. Scroll down to hymn history to read the tragic events that led to the writing of these lyrics.

However, I am a big fan of the television show Parenthood and last week there was a scene that featured "It is Well With My Soul."

It was sung so softly, slowly and sweetly that I couldn't help but take notice of these precious lyrics. I looked up the artist online and found the video on youtube.

It's worth your time to stop for two minutes and 47 seconds and listen to these powerful words:

And when you finish watching it

whatever your lot

whatever your journey

whatever your story....say with me:

It is well, it is well, with my soul."


Leah said...

This is a song written by a relative of mine, Horatio Spafford. I've always loved the song. Especially the line that says, "Whatever my lot, hath taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul." That line got me through a lot of painful times during infertility treatments. :) (PS - my maiden anme is Spafford)

Lisa Elliott said...

Love that song nice post hey did you get my long email I have not heard back from you I am enjoying your post they make me smile :O) Bless you

cybil said...

Powerful text!!!
Greetings from Geneva,