Why did you leave me when I needed you most? Who is going to be the mother of my only surviving child? Who is going to take care of him? Where is my daughter? Where is the mother of my children? God you promised that those who trust in you shall never be put to shame. Why me, Lord
This is the lamentation of a man whose pregnant wife and daughter were electrocuted by a live wire in front of their home.
Losing a loved one can be an extremely difficult time in a person’s life and we will grieve in our own unique way. Some grieve by blaming God for their loss; some deny the very existence of God .But that does not change the fact that God is the all powerful God.
The hymn “It Is Well with My Soul” was written by Horatio Spafford after traumatic events in his life. Horatio Spafford a successful lawyer lost his only son to Scarlet Fever in 1870. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 ruined him financially because he had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago which was decimated by the great fire.
On November 22, 1873, while his family was traveling to Europe on the SS Ville du Havre while crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and 226 people lost their lives, including all four of Spafford’s daughters. Spafford’s wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone.”
When he got the tragic news, he must have grieved for his daughters just like every other person will do. But what Mr. Horatio Spafford did not do while he was grieving, was that he did not complain either did he blame God or man for all the traumatic events in his life rather he took all that has happened to him in good faith knowing the eternal hope that all believers have, no matter what pain and grief befall them on earth.
Several weeks later, as Spafford’s own ship passed near the spot where his daughters died, the Holy Spirit inspired these words.
For more than a century, the tragic story of one man has given hope to countless thousands who have lifted their voices to sing, It Is Well With My Soul.
What is your story? No matter what is your story there is always eternal hope for those who believe in God