From The Hymnal~It Is Well With My Soul

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I am starting a Sunday series for the fall. From the Hymnal. I LOVE the traditional musical of the church and although I also enjoy comtemporary music, I can not imagine the words of hymns not committed to my memory. I find comfort and encouragement in the tried and true songs. What is your favorite hymn? You'll probably find each Sunday that I say "this is my favorite"...truely, they all are! This week's selection, It Is Well With My Soul. If you are not familiar with this hymn, please listen to the song and it's history here. Even if you are familiar, listen and be blessed!

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, 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 has 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.


But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of 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.


  1. Cindy said...:

    Gail..this one was not much to kiddo singing the song...then later when I grew started sinking in..the words..the meaning..the it too is a favorite among many of mine!!Thank you for posting this..I look forward to reading them each Sunday!!

    Hugs..Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  1. Gail--Thank you so much for sharing "It is Well With My Soul". I find that I could have written the very words that you have in your post this AM. In fact, I have shared the same thought several times with others. After listening to the song on You Tube, I had to listen to Guy Penrod sing "Then Came the Morning" along with Gloria Gaither's thoughts. Thank you for pointing me to this celebration this beautiful Sunday morning.

    Have a God Filled Day

  1. cindy said...:

    Gail, Do you know the background of this song? It is one of my favorite, uplifting songs knowing what a journey some people have a still have a strong belief in Christ.

    I'm certain you know the background, if not, you can google or I"ll tell you about it.

    Take care-

  1. jsimplylive said...:

    Gail, thank you so much for sharing this hymn. This is the type of Christian music I grew up with and like you I enjoy Christian music but cannot imagine not singing these hymns. I hope you don't mind if I share this series on my blog. I think it is an excellent idea. Angie

  1. Karen said...:

    I too cannot imagine words to the old hymnals not committed to memory. I love old hymns and new praise and worship songs. But, I so ate the fact that my childen (boys) don't have the words of the old hymns memorized.
    This is a wonderful idea. May try to join in on Sundays.

  1. There are many that are my favorites...I think my newest favorite is "Softly and Tenderly"..I watched the movie "Trip to Bountiful" awhile back...It's an older film...and this hymn was the main theme music...and it made me CRY...:) :) :) So it's been my newest favorite :) :) I like the version that the singing group Selah performs...It's nice, too!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  1. Julie Harward said...:

    Even as a child I remember being deeply affected by the Hymn's...I loved sitting next to mama and daddy listening to their beautiful voices. I still love to sing...One of my fav's is "I STAND ALL AMAZED" ...because I do! :D

  1. Nanci said...:

    This is one of my favorite hymns that I didn't learn until I was in my 30's but brings such comfort. I look forward to these Sundays hymns as you pull them out and share them. This will surely bring much peace to us all as we head into a busy season.

  1. I'm in a church now that does not sing tradtional hymns and oh I miss them!!!! I love all the hymns but truly my favorite is Amazing Grace!!! Had it not been for the grace of God toward me, I don't know where I'd be today.

    Thanks for sharing!!!


  1. This is one of my favorite Hymns!

  1. Hi Gail, simply beautiful. What a graceful post!

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  1. Kathy said...:

    Hello Gail,
    My husband sings very well and this is one of my favorite songs as well as the story behind it. I got a book for him that tells the story behind some well known hymns. I feel they were so inspired.
    Hope you have a terrific day,
    God Bless,

  1. Gail,
    I was just searching through images and ran across yours. The songbook in the middle "Hymns for Worship" was compiled and put together by my grandfather, R.J. Stevens. He passed away in October after a difficult year with healing after a botched up surgery. Very sad for our family but we know he is singing and praising God in his new home. I was so excited to see this picture! I have constant reminders of him daily so this was unexpected and much appreciated.

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