Peace Like a River

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I came across a piece of paper inside my Bible with the words ‘Saved Alone’, I really struggled to remember when and why I wrote them. It disturbs me when I cannot remember things, so I was suddenly in a bad mood. Waking outside my room I heard a neighbor singing the hymn ‘It is well with my soul’ I immediately remembered why I had written the words ‘saved alone’ it was from a story I had read a few years ago about the origin of this hymn.

It was written by a successful lawyer, married and blessed with five children. He had invested in real estate and he was doing so well in life until everything started going wrong. First he lost his four year old only son, then he lost all his property in the 1871 Chicago fire. A few years later he had planned to travel to Europe with his entire family, but because of the economic confusion surrounding him, he thought his family could go first and he would join them later. While crossing the Atlantic Ocean the ship sank in an accident and all his four daughters died. His wife wrote him a telegram with the words ‘saved alone’ to inform him about the tragedy. As he travelled to go comfort his grieving wife, he was inspired to write the hymn, when he passed by the place his daughters had died. He went on to write the words that make up the hymn, ‘it is well with my soul.

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.

At first I kept wondering where he got the strength to write a song, where he got the peace. Where do you find peace in the midst of such loss, such pain? Then I remembered the kind of peace that God gives in Philippians 4:7 ‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding…’ Peace that no man can give; one that doesn’t only show up when things are working, but comes even when we do not understand. We cannot explain it, but we have it. That is the peace that God gives, it does not depend on the pain and sorrow surrounding us.

Today I pray that God gives us that kind of peace. Amidst the covid-19 pandemic and its effects on our lives. Amidst the uncertainty and sorrow, I pray that the Lord will cover us with His peace. We shall find peace in the assurance we have in His word that we are loved and cared for, that we are never alone. Even when the statistics are scary, we shall keep our eyes on Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith. We shall be those full of hope, we shall rest in His peace.

It is well. It is well with my soul.


6 thoughts on “Peace Like a River

  1. Great teaching there Madam Rawder!
    It is absolutely well with my soul!
    The Scripture Philippians 4:7, has come handy to reinforce your timely teaching.

  2. It is well, i remember how you used to give us the stories behind the hymn, when your in hopefm. Yes this is the peace we pray for

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