I have been trying to make sense of this whole tragedy and one thing that helps is a song called: It Is Well With My Soul, by a man named Herratio Spafford. He was a prominent lawyer in Chicago in 1860, a senior partner in a large and thriving law firm.
A series of family tragedies began in 1870 when their only son died from scarlet fever at the age of four. Spafford invested in real estate north of an expanding Chicago in the spring of 1871. When the Great Fire of Chicago reduced the city to ashes in October of that same year, it also destroyed Spafford’s sizable investment.
Two years later, in 1873, Spafford decided his family should take a holiday somewhere in Europe, and chose England knowing that his friend D. L. Moody, a well known preacher, would be preaching there in the fall.
He was delayed because of business, so he sent his family ahead; his wife and their four children, daughters eleven-year-old Tanetta, nine-year-old Elizabeth “Bessie”, five-year-old Margaret Lee, and two-year-old Anna “Annie”.
On November 22, 1873, while crossing the on the steamship Ville du Havre, their ship was struck and 226 people lost their lives, including all four of Spafford’s daughters. Anna Spafford survived the tragedy. Upon arriving in England, she sent a telegram to Spafford beginning “Saved alone.”
Spafford then sailed to England, going over the location of his daughters’ deaths. Spafford wrote “It Is Well with My Soul on this journey.
This is MY tribute to you Aunt Carol, rest in peace.
This is a religious song so I didn’t display it. For those of you who would like to share my comfort, it is there for you to pull up if you wish…