It is well with my soul

Horatio Spafford, a prominent Chicago lawyer in the later 1800’s, decided one year to take his family to England for vacation.  As it were, due to business as a lawyer, he was delayed when they were set to sail from the U.S. to England, so Horatio decided to send his wife, Anna, and their four daughters, ages 11, 9, 5 and 2, ahead.

On their journey over the Atlantic, their steamship was struck by an iron sailing vessel, causing massive damage to the ship and it sank.  Two hundred twenty-six people lost their lives that fateful day, including all four of Horatio and Anna’s children.  Anna survived, and upon reaching England, sent a telegram to Horatio, beginning with the words, “Saved alone.”[1]

Horatio then set sail to England.  As he was crossing the Atlantic near the area where the ship sank and his children died, Horatio penned these words[2]: Continue reading