For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
Thought for the Day: It is Well with My Soul
There are experiences in life when one knows immediately that the moment will be remembered for a lifetime. We sat in our pew, taking in the music and speakers during the funeral for a dear friend’s husband. The service was beautiful with some of the most precious words being spoken about this wonderful man. Then, the final organ/piano duet began to the song, “It is Well with My Soul”. The instrumental music was gorgeous, and my heart wanted to sing. When the last verse began, we began hearing a beautiful soprano voice. From where we were sitting, toward the front and toward the side, we were able to see the faces of the family members. As the voice sang, we looked toward the family and realized that our dear friend was the one singing. She sang:
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 It is well with my soul. It is well, it is well with my soul It is well, it is well, it is well, It is well, it is well, it is well It is well with my soul. It is well with my soul.
As I watched her, and as I watched her family, I felt that something great was coming. I pulled out my cellphone, and without using video I began recording. As the congregation listened, and as I was one who was able to watch, I saw her hand go into the air. That moment, that special moment, my heart knew that “It was truly well” with her soul. Her daughter then joined her as the climax of the song came. Then, an even more special moment came when our friend sang the last note….so high, so pure, so perfect. My heart, our hearts, leapt with the sound of that voice. My heart, our hearts, knew that she was going to be okay. She, in singing those words, gave her family peace that their father, father-in-law, grandfather, and her husband was in the arms of God and that God had his arms around each of them. “It is Well with my Soul”. What strength she showed in sharing with everyone in the room that “It was Well with Her Soul.”
The song, “It is Well with my Soul” was written by a man who had just experienced great tragedy. It is amazing that this hymn that we sing often has been sung for so many who have grieved, and has helped bring strength. Our friend took it to a new level as she sang, giving everyone in attendance a sense that “it is truly and wonderfully well with our souls.”
Prayer: Father God, thank you for bringing us peace in unexpected ways. God, I ask that you wrap your arms around every member of this sweet family, that they will know your love and peace. Thank you for speaking to all of us through the beautiful words, “It is well with my Soul”. Amen.
Prayer Focus: It is Well with My Soul