21 Day Prayer & Fast: Day 18

“It is Well”
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.”

Horatio Spafford was a successful Chicago businessman and devout Christian in the 1800s. He invested heavily in real estate to the north of Chicago. In 1871 Horatio lost his only son to scarlet fever at the tender age four. One year later, the Great Chicago Fire broke out and destroyed his sizable real estate investments. His life’s savings were gone. In 1873, Horatio decided to take his wife and remaining 4 children on vacation to England. At the last minute, Horatio was held back due to business. His wife and 4 daughters boarded the ship and set sail. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship was struck by an iron sailing vessel and sank in 12 minutes. 226 passengers were killed. Horatio’s 4 daughters were among those who died. The next day Horatio received a telegraph from his wife that read, “saved alone, what shall I do?”  Horatio immediately boarded a ship to meet his wife. While crossing the Atlantic, the captain of the ship came to Horatio to inform him they were passing the location the ship his family had been on had sunk. While staring into the watery grave, Horatio penned the words to the famous hymn “It is Well”.

God never promised to keep us from storms in this life, but He will give us the strength and peace to walk through them. With God’s help, the Spaffords were able to pick up their broken lives and founded a Children’s Center which still cares for more than 30,000 children each year.

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 23

“Assign purpose to your pain.” -Jeanne Mayo