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It Is Well

 


“When peace like a river, attendeth my way… It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the hymn “It Is Well.” There was something about those lyrics that brought a sense of peace.

Horatio G. Spafford, the man who penned that hymn, experienced profound tragedy with the death of his son to sickness, the loss of most of his real estate investments in the Great Chicago Fire, and then later the news that all four of his daughters had perished at sea in a shipwreck.

How did Horatio find peace in the face of so much tragedy? He was rooted in his faith and he understood peace in his soul.

Though fear and uncertainty may grip us at times, God continued to give us surprising peace in the midst of our storm. Peace is certainly not a formula or a 5-step process. We often think of the word peace as the absence of fighting and chaos. Jesus gave peace as a gift to us in the midst of turbulent situations. His definition of peace was different from world peace. He cared most deeply about peace in our hearts.

Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.” ~ John 14:27

In this chapter, Jesus was talking about the gift of the Holy Spirit. He explained that He would be going away to heaven, but he was leaving the Holy Spirit to personally guide and give us peace.

Friends, remember you are not alone. We all face unexpected trials. God promises to offer peace and comfort if we continually seek Him.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Many Blessings!

 

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