This familiar song, “It is Well with my Soul,” conveys in part the Watercourse of the Gospel that binds us at FLUME. Of the six verses, three describe the flow we feel when we are washed over by Jesus’ Love:

“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.

“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for 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.”

These words were written by Horatio Spafford shortly after a tragedy in 1873 when he and his wife lost four daughters at sea.   This event followed another tragedy in 1871 when he suffered severe financial loss of property in the Great Chicago Fire.     If that wasn’t enough, after having three more children, the Spaffords lost a four year son in 1880 to scarlet fever.  None of this broke his faith, for he took his family to Jerusalem after that and established a messianic missionary group called the American Colony. Learn more about the song and the writer at

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