October - 17 - Tuesday

God, my maker, who gives songs in the night. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul
Job 35:10; Psalm 94:19

A song during the night of suffering

In November 1873 a certain family Spafford from Chicago planned to travel to Europe. At the last moment, however, the lawyer, Horatio Spafford, had to withdraw. So his wife Anna and their four daughters boarded the ship “Ville du Havre” without him.

In mid-Atlantic the steamer was rammed by a British ship and sank within minutes. Anna was rescued, but their four daughters were drowned in the sea. Some days later, after landing in Cardiff, Anna sent her husband a telegram that began with the words, “Saved alone”.

Horatio immediately set out for Europe. During the voyage he wrote the hymn: “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way”. Since then this hymn has brought comfort and hope to many people. Here are three verses of it:

 

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

 

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has 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.