Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sorrow Turned Into Joy (with Hymn)

"You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy"  John 16:20
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Sorrow Turned Into Joy

This week has been a tough week for my family - My dear uncle passed away.

I looked up the word "grief" in the dictionary (Merriam-Webster)
Grief - deep sadness, trouble or annoyance

I have been so sad this week because of my uncle's passing but when I focus on this verse (John 16:20) - I do start to smile.  We all feel this horrible grief and sorrow at times in this life but when compared to the eternal JOY that Christians will experience in Heaven - this present sorrow doesn't seem that bad.  This eternal JOY is for anyone who believes in Jesus Christ the Son of God and for those who have accepted the gift of forgiveness through Jesus' death & resurrection.  The pain that my family is feeling still stings but I know that my uncle is in heaven right now rejoicing and fellowshipping with his parents and his wife.  I also know without a shadow of a doubt that we will see him again some day!

I wanted to share with you my uncle's favorite hymn:  "It is Well With My Soul" - in memory of Uncle Willy

 "It Is Well With My Soul" by hymnist Horatio G. Spafford 1828-1888 and composed by Philip P. Bliss 1838-1876. The history of this song is very tragic - Mr. Spafford wrote this hymn after his only son died at the age of 4.  Also, just after losing his son the "Great Chicago Fire" occurred and financially ruined Mr. Spafford.  This isn't the end of his trials - it gets much worse - after the fire the "Spaffords" decided to go to Europe but Mr. Spafford was delayed & sent his wife & 4 daughters ahead of him - the ship sank!! - I'm seriously not making this up.  All 4 daughters died but his wife was saved.  Horatio Spafford wrote these lyrics after all of those horrendous events.
Please listen to the "YouTube" video below - the words in this video for the second verse are different from the version in my hymnal.  The chorus is supposed to be in a 2 part harmony - the part that is in all caps is supposed to be the male voices and the top line is supposed to be for the female voices.

Turn with me to number 408 in your hymnals and let's sing:

It Is Well With My Soul
by Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888)
1.  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.
2.  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!
3.  And, Lord, haste the day when the 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                     WITH MY SOUL,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

Special thanks to "Romans1:16 for posting this hymn on "youTube"

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