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#Hymns

It Is Well

   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.
   Refrain:
   It is well (it is well),
   With my soul(with my soul)
   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 the cross, and I bear it no more,
   Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
   For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
   If Jordan above me shall roll,
   No pang shall be mine,for in death as in life
   Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
   And Lord haste the day, when my 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.

The words of this hymn, penned so long ago, still resonate deeply within a believer today.  Many times I have stood in Sunday service with my heart so heavy, words could not pass my lips. Every time this song is a sweet balm to an aching spirit.  I am reminded of God’s grace and mercy.  No matter what happens in this life, I will spend eternity in the presence of the Lord, because Christ took the punishment for my sin.

Even when life is not throwing a curveball my way, this song brings tears of joy to my eyes.  I cannot properly express in words the beauty of voices raised to heaven when the whole congregation sings this hymn. The blending of voices, the lilting notes of praise, and the harmony of the Church united in worship all combine to produce an almost otherworldly atmosphere of reverence.  Surely, it is a small glimpse of what heaven will one day be like.

I often find myself humming this song during the day. During the simple daily routine of dishes, laundry, and even vacuuming, this hymn has accompanied me through the completion of these tasks.  There is a sweet peace to it, that inner knowledge that comes from the assurance of salvation.  My dearest sisters, my most sincere prayer for each of you would be that it is well with your soul.

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