22 Dec 2018

Horatio Spafford sent his wife and 4 daughters on a vacation to Europe. He waved them goodbye as the ship left for its 3 week crossing of the Atlantic but shortly after he lost his financial holdings  in a bank crash, now he suddenly got a cable from his wife, the ship was wrecked and all of our daughters are lost. The story is well known, this was a tragic day to go through but as he sat in his horror and pain he pondered his faith and the Gospel that all will be well
See these words in a tragic moment.  Many would have been totally destroyed but his faith brought him to the countenance of God where he wrote 
   When peace like a river attendeth my way 
   When sorrow like sea billows roll 
   Whatever my lot thou has taught me to say 
   It is well, it is well with my soul

   Though Satan should buffet, Tho trials should come 
   Let this blest assurance control, 
   that Christ has regarded My helpless estate, 
   and has shed his own blood for 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
As 2018 draws to a close we have seen much and will see even more in the New-Year but we draw to Spafford words that whatever our lot “It will be well with our soul” for in his love and our will of obedience the calm of the sea will return. May God grant you the peace that Mr  Stafford found
Ever faithful 
Hartley. Dean of the Cathedral. (Jan. 2019)

Abp. Hartley


Reaching Out to the World and........ Beyond
                                                                                       Under the Protection of the Cross                                                                                                                          

Disclaimer: This is the original and authorized version of the Anglican Church Worldwide website.

We assume no responsibility for the contents and/or publication of any site created after our initial publication date.