Hi there my name is Jeff Arthur. Here today today to talk to you about again having a right perspective with the lord.
There was a gentlemen by the name of Horatio Spafford, who was a businessman in Chicago in the late eighteen hundreds. Horatio had struggles in his life. He had business struggles where he lost everything in the Chicago fires and had to rebuild, but he lost a child, his son died of pneumonia in 1871. Two years later he and his family, four daughters, his wife and himself, they were gonna go to Europe and he was detained because of business struggles and then the stuff going on. While the business was going well he had to stay behind and deal with something that was going on, he sent his wife and four daughters on ahead of him on the cruise that they had booked. That ship hit another ship and [inaudible 00:00:53] sank and all passengers, most passengers were lost. Horatio Spafford’s four daughters all drowned, his wife was literally pulled from the water from somebody in a boat from the other vessel as they were trying to get survivors.
She got to Europe, wired back that she alone was saved, didn’t know what to do. He told her to stay there. He got on the next ship, was headed to her. He was called to the captain’s quarters on the fourth day and the captain told him that they were over the spot where the boat that his daughters were on had sank. His own daughter that was born later on told the story of what mom and dad told her, that it was at that moment when they were over the sunken ship, that Horatio Spafford went back to his quarters and in prayer to god wrote out the words of the song It Is Well with My Soul.
If you have anything to do with the Christian Church you know the great old hymn, It Is Well with My Soul. And that comes from the understanding of great loss, and in the face of enormous pain, suffering and emotional turbulence, this man sat down and wrote, “No matter what, it is well with my soul.”
I hope and pray to god that myself and you, that we all someday have the same level of faith as Horatio Spafford.
My name is Jeff Arthur with the Values Conversation. You can find out more about us online at tbcleadership.com