“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.”
This past week has been an emotional roller coaster of news watching the authorities chase the Boston Marathon bomber, the explosion in Texas and finally the emotional capture of the bomber on Friday. I am so thankful we live in a nation where this is the exception, not the norm. So many countries live with these types of events everyday and they are living in constant fear. My heart continues to break for those who experienced these tragedies and we should continue to pray for them even after they are no longer national news. Aside from the stories we hear, there are thousands of stories we do not hear; stories of heartbreak, loss and sadness.
Throughout all of this, a song called “It is Well with My Soul” written by Horatio G. Spafford plays in my mind. If you are not familiar with this song or the story behind it you are in for a treat. I encourage you to read the background before watching this video.
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!”
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to His Cross, and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend –
“Even so, it is well with my soul”
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live;
If dark hours about me shall roll
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.