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  • April 10, 2014 at 7:47 am
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    I always emailed this website post page to
    all my friends, since if like to read it after that my links will too.

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  • May 2, 2014 at 8:25 am
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    Wow! Stories of triumph through heartache, Praise God!

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  • July 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    This is so painful yet it relieves one from the pains one encountered in life and makes us stronger in facing challenges in life. Amen.

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  • August 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm
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    The story and the song really motivated me. In all things i should be able to say it is well with my soul.

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  • August 31, 2014 at 11:06 am
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    Great story be strong in faith.

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  • September 4, 2014 at 8:27 am
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    people always do all their best just to win their heart desire but they never had enough. what a world full of mysterys hmnmm! !! “it is well with my soul” this is indeed an inspirational song

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  • September 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm
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    I have heard the back story on the song several times, but I never heard the extended background. Thanks for sharing this. This song has indeed helped many. It became a comforting favorite of mine after my first husband passed away. It still brings comfort through the memories it arouses of my family members and friends who are now in their eternal home.

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  • September 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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    Any tme i listen to the song, I neve remain the same.

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  • November 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm
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    The story is similar to that of job. It’s hard to believe but it’s true. It’s so touching. Now I learn to sing the song, it is well with my soul.

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    • January 30, 2017 at 7:34 am
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      This story is similar to a man of God in Ghana called Rev. Eastwood Anaba. The wife and two daughters took the lead for Easter convention in the North Bolga to be precise. The vehicle they were travelling was involved in a fatal accident that resulted in the death of the two daughters of the preacher man. Eastwood have the greatest courage to preach at the convention as planned. He said ‘ after the convention am going to bury my two daughters ‘. This calls for our faith as true Christian.

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      • January 30, 2017 at 9:46 am
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        Wow! What a powerful story. Thanks for sharing. It illustrates the hope of Easter–that those who trust in Christ have eternal life.

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  • November 22, 2014 at 11:22 am
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    Great and very touching song, how many of us can be like him, holding to God and praising Him even at the direst moment of life. Touches the very depths of my soul.

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  • December 5, 2014 at 11:02 am
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    When l look back in countless ways and remember l had gone through experience but not has touching as this. I examine myself by saying” who am l, that you shew so much love on”. Lord, inspite of every erronic situation, help us look unto you the author and finisher of our faith. Amen

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  • December 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm
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    We dont know when death is going to come so let us hold fast to christ and be ready its a sad story but christ know best may be he called them home because we dont know how are children will turn out so let us comfort each other with the blessed hope of jesus is coming again

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  • December 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm
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    This is one favorite song when I lost a love one I always have to sing this song because it is really well with my soul and I always tell my children to make sure sing that at my funeral

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  • December 13, 2014 at 4:10 am
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    It is at once a message of consolation and hope. It’s well with my soul.

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  • December 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm
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    When I am down and feeling like all hope is gone, I always sing the song. It is well with my soul.

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    • December 21, 2014 at 6:59 am
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      Me too! My favorite hymn.

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  • December 30, 2014 at 9:04 am
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    the memory of this song writer remain fresh, it is well with my soul.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm
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    Quite a painful story so inspiring and it made me more stronger to face life and situations as they present themselves anice song too.

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  • March 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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    this song is an inspiration.

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    • January 1, 2019 at 11:49 am
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      Its God who gives and Takes. May his name be glorified.

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      • January 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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        I’m not sure about the popular phrase “God gives and takes.” Satan is a “thief” as opposed to “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father” (James 1:17). God gives, Satan takes. But God is able to work even the thievery for good (Romans 8:28).

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        • July 5, 2020 at 1:39 pm
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          I read this response.
          Job 1:22 “The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” God said that Job did not sin, nor did he charge God foolishly right after he said that. So if God doesn’t think it was a sin, then Job was not wrong in saying it

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  • April 25, 2015 at 1:46 am
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    Very touching and inspiring story.
    Indeed, in all things. I declare, it is well with my soul.

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  • April 28, 2015 at 5:23 am
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    This song is really inspirational in all things i should be able to say it is well with my soul

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  • July 15, 2015 at 2:03 am
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    I read this song and play it often. It’s a favorite.

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  • August 2, 2015 at 11:05 pm
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    Wow what a story, recently we experienced a devastation and all that night this hymn replayed on my mind (hadn’t sung it for close to 50 years) and when ever I begin to drift into grief, frustration and anger this hymn begins to play on my mind and I find my self in the ever loving and comforting arms of my God

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    • August 3, 2015 at 7:23 am
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      Praying for you in your “devastation.” So glad the post and the song provided some hope!

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  • August 17, 2015 at 10:22 am
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    So painful and touching! After reading this I shed tears cause I’ve felt the cold hands of death and I realise that Jesus is the only Conforter and healer! It is well with my soul Lord Jesus!!

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    • December 14, 2017 at 3:25 am
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      Praise God for James Watkins and his life!

      Ah, it is well with my soul. THAT is the very testimony of James Watkins !!!

      Death, where is thy sting? Where is thy victory?

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  • October 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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    Your blog post about this well known hymn was sent to me this week with a suggestion that it be included in the next issue of our church newsletter in response to our Thanksgiving Sunday sermon about gratitude. Since it is a copyrighted work, I’m requesting your permission to use your words in this way. Thank you.

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    • October 14, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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      You are certainly welcome to use it in your church newsletter!

      Please include this notice.

      Copyright (c) 2008 James N. Watkins
      Reprinted by permission from http://www.hopeandhumor.org
      All rights reserved.

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  • October 25, 2015 at 8:35 am
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    Very sad story about a touching song. This song has been my ever loving hymn. Its has taught me a lot. Yes in all things, it is well with my soul.

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  • November 20, 2015 at 7:33 am
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    “Whatever my lot God has taught me to say it is well with my Soul”….I thank God for these wonderful words of Courage and Inspiration this song is sustaining me now. My son died August 12, 2015 and the questions I have of why have been answered through this song. And to now know the history of how the song derived assures me that it is well with my soul. As the Lord said to me on the day my son died “Necy I need you to trust me”: I choose to trust Jesus.

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    • November 20, 2015 at 9:15 am
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      I am so sorry to hear of your son’s death. God the Father understands what it’s like to lose a Son to death. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

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    • March 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm
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      My life’s greatest heartbreak was the passing of my son, Don, on 4-24-94. God has enabled me to use this heartbreak as a way to reach others. My greatest solace is Jesus Christ. Through Him, I realize, “It Is Well With My Soul”.

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      • March 9, 2016 at 6:57 am
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        I am so sorry for the death of your son, but so glad that is still well with your soul.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 6:05 am
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    Joshua 1:9 says’ It is I who command you,be strong then and be valiant.Do not tremble or be afraid cos Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.
    When I have gone through difficulties and there seems to be no route of escape ,when no one seems to understand or believe in me, when I feel like crying and there is no consolation for my aching heart. When in this wide world there is no where to contain me I just break into singing this song,though I know the chorus alone but it brings relief knowing that there are people who have maintained there peace in spite of what they go through but I know it at the end like Isaiah 41:10-12,God will save.

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  • March 15, 2016 at 6:53 am
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    Thanks this story made me to give Thanks to GOD in every situation I see myself. it is well with my soul. whatever challenges am passing through someone has been there before me.All the GLORY must be to Almighty JEHOVAH

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  • April 2, 2016 at 8:35 am
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    Very inspiring

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  • May 28, 2016 at 11:42 am
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    I too lost my only child son on 18.02.15 my wife’s uterus was remove two years before the death,we don’t have any chance of having a child but this inspiring story has led me to move a distance closer God, since the very same God of the mountain is still God in the valley.There is no any question that. I can ask Him coz he is bigger than my questions

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  • May 28, 2016 at 11:48 am
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    Yes, it is well with my soul. It is very inspiring. I was feeling so pressed down with problems but after playing the song repeatedly I now feel so much peace. It is well with my soul.

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  • June 29, 2016 at 12:31 am
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    Yes it is well with my soul this song helped me to pick up myself in 2008 when I lost my husband, my aunt and my brother. God of the valley stood up for me.

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  • June 30, 2016 at 9:01 am
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    The story Is really touching but song edifice my soul.

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  • August 15, 2016 at 10:13 am
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    Indeed this song is an inspiration , i was not fully aware of the origin , to God be the glory , it is well with my soul

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  • August 27, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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    Why has no other biographer put these two stories together? Another biography of Spafford, says that he and Anna had three more daugthers after the accident, can you quote your sources please?

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    • August 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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      According to the U.S. Census records of 1880 for Cook County Illinois, after the shipwreck, Anna gave birth to Horatio Goertner Spafford (1876), who died of scarlet fever at age three, Bertha Hedges Spafford (1878) and Grace Spafford (1881).

      In 1891, after forming the American Colony in Jerusalem, the Spafford’s adopted 17-year-old Jacob David Eliahu, a Jewish Christian who ha joined the group and subsequently went by Jacob Spafford. (Several sources record the adoption.)

      So, after the shipwreck, they had two daughters, Bertha and Grace, a son who died as a toddler, and an adopted son from Palestine.

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  • August 28, 2016 at 10:24 am
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    God bless all of you sweet souls. I feel so stupid sometimes. My law practice slows, I grow anxious and I pray and beg for His help, while others mourn true losses and yet “all is well with their souls.” God loves we children of His, even the fools who constantly lose faith…

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    • August 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm
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      I think we all feel “stupid sometimes,” but you’re absolutely right that God loves his children.

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  • August 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm
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    Can someone clarify for me? Does it is well with my soul.. when it was coming to him facing his loss and passing over where his daughters passed away mean that he was comforted in the fact that he knew he would be seeing them again someday in Heaven? Or more that God knows what he is doing and was giving it up to God that the loss was for a reason?

    Thank you

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    • August 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm
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      I don’t pretend to know Spafford’s thoughts except through what he has penned. I would be comforted in knowing both that I would see my children again and that, even though God doesn’t cause tragedies, he is able to redeem it for his good (Romans 8:28-29). The lyrics of this broken-hearted father have provided comfort and encouragement to millions of believers through the generations.

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    • December 7, 2017 at 5:53 am
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      It is indeed well with my soul! I love this song with passion, even before knowing the author or story behind it.
      In every situation that we might be passing through, it is indeed well with our souls. Whether we live or die, we are for Christ and we should give all glory to whom it belongs to: The Almighty Father, the Eternal Rock of Ages, the I-Am-That-I-Am, The Ancient of Days.

      This is a real life experience, very touching indeed!

      For Spafford & Anna and their four daughters who got sunk in the oceans;
      For Spafford’s other blessed children who directly or indirectly shared in the misfortune;
      For Bliss and wife who were burned beyond recognition in the train accident;
      For all other unknown blessed souls with similar misfortune;
      It is well with your souls! May you blessed souls rest in perfect peace in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

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  • October 6, 2016 at 8:17 am
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    Thanks to the story it made Me realise how weak am I not to accept my situation but the contents made Me such stronger knowing that in every situation We are not alone Our Lord Almighty is with Us. It is well with my Soul May their Lively Soul be at peace

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  • October 18, 2016 at 6:02 pm
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    I feel Relieved its well with me.God is Great

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  • September 26, 2017 at 9:16 am
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    Seeing all these comments thrill me so much. I thought Christianity in America had gone to extinction. These comments prove that there’re still a few still clinging to the faith. May Jesus grant you all heaven at last. As for the story, it’s an inspiring one as well as touching . It is truly well with our soul..
    A faithful brother in Nigeria.

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    • September 26, 2017 at 11:11 am
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      Thanks for your prayers for the United States. The trend is discouraging. Praying for my brothers and sisters in Africa. I’ve been able to travel to and teach in Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa as well as report on HIV/AIDS in Zambia. I love their joy and commitment to Christ!

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  • November 21, 2017 at 9:02 am
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    With JESUS it is always WELL Bless u,All. Love you All. Pst Francis Paul.South Africa.

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  • January 17, 2018 at 4:03 am
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    Long before I knew this story of true faith, this hymn was and is one of my very ffavorites. God Bless your ministry,

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  • January 22, 2018 at 1:05 am
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    Why isn’t Horatio’s first son, Horatio Jr. mentioned at all? He died at age four of scarlet fever just before the Great Chicago Fire.

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    • January 22, 2018 at 1:09 am
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      Also, this is an amazing article! Thank you so much for writing this, it is an encouragement to us all.

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    • January 22, 2018 at 9:10 am
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      Thanks for your comment. I did mention his death. As far as date of death, my research reveals that Horatio Goertner Spafford died at age three of scarlet fever on February 11, 1880, after the Chicago Fire (1871) and the drowning death of the author’s four daughters (1873). Thanks, though, for making me recheck my sources. I also learned that the hymn writer’s daughter, Bertha, may have been misinterpreted to imply that he wrote the hymn while sailing to be reunited with his wife:

          Setting off to bring Anna home, he crossed the Atlantic and the watery grave of his four daughters. Moved by the experience he wrote a hymn, ‘It Is Well with My Soul,” which expressed his faith.

        Regardless, it is an amazing story and a powerful testimony to faith.

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        • March 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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          Yes, and I believe he had another son who died of pneumonia around the same time of the Chicago Fire, his first child to die.

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            • April 17, 2018 at 5:04 am
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              Thanks so much for this inspiring piece and the hope that in all we go through CHRIST is with us.
              If I may but ask one question, could Horatio have done something different to avert these tragedies or this is a cross he has to carry in whatever routes he decides to follow in his work with God?

            • April 17, 2018 at 6:57 am
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              Thanks for your comment. Spafford did not cause–nor could he prevent–the Chicago Fire or the sinking of the S.S. Ville Du Havre. However, we do need to do everything in our power to prevent tragedy (don’t smoke, don’t text and drive, etc.). And we do need to follow God’s instructions for living a holy life. (We reap what we sow.) But many times the only thing we can control in life is our response to it. And Spafford certainly expressed that when he affirmed, “It Is Well with My Soul.”

    • May 30, 2018 at 9:53 pm
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      Love this song and the story behind it. Most of all love the truth behind it. No matter what happens here on earth, our home is an eternal one with our Savior in heaven and it is indeed well with the souls that belong to Christ. This was sung at my mother’s funeral and I always think of her when I hear it. Sealed in the blood of Christ, nothing and no one can ever hurt our souls.

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    • June 9, 2018 at 11:34 am
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      Its a story from 1870s bit the greatest lyrics ever in 2018. I love this song with all my heart.. It has power in this song. Thank you for the story.

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    • October 18, 2018 at 12:47 am
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      With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues
      of plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created
      myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over
      the web without my authorization. Do you know any solutions to help
      prevent content from being ripped off? I’d truly appreciate it.

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      • October 21, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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        I always put the copyright notice on everything on my site (eg. Copyright (c) 2018 James Watkins), but occasionally I do find people using my material. I’ve put this notice on my Press Page:

            Permission for reprints
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            Online use is granted as long as the information above is included with a link to http://www.jameswatkins.com

            For any commercial use, written permission must be obtained and fee agreed upon by email.

          The bottom line for me is that my message is getting out.

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