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.”
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: Continue reading