Spiritual Travels is the name of this site because the mind and spirit cannot be stopped and in a effort to share real experiences and share encouragement, I started writing in mid October 2019. In words shared with me often, we are spiritual beings having an earthly experience.
In thinking of the journey that never ends and continually travels, I wanted to share two stories of inspiration about two hymn writers from over a hundred years ago who continue to inspire us even today.
Challenges and devastation occurred for the author of the hymn It is Well With My Soul. Horatio Spafford experienced the loss of his two year old son in the Great Chicago Fire. His property was greatly damaged and he suffered financial ruin due to the fire. He sent his four daughters and his wife to Europe and was himself delayed and would join them later. This was a last minute change for him to remain in Chicago and deal with zoning decisions affecting his properties. On the later trip to join his wife, having received her telegram “saved alone”, he passed over the location of where his four daughters drowned when the ship sank. He penned these words, “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know, It is well, it is well, with my soul.”
Another inspiring hymnist was struck going blind at a young age. When he shared this news with his fiance, she told him she did not want to be married to a blind man and called off the engagement. At age forty being cared for by his sister, he was to be alone due to her upcoming marriage. He had obtained an PhD in Divinity and a law degree in Scotland and was pastor of a large congregation. He wrote the song while completely blind at age forty on the eve of her wedding. The song was “oh love that wilt not let me go” referring to God’s love for each of us that is given to us and for us and cannot be denied once accepted into a life.
Seek to find the love that will never let you go in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When our world is caving in, God’s grace is there and always has been. We often reference God showing up not realizing he is there all along. Utube the song “This Blood”.
Also there is a super cool app with Virtual Bible that is called Bible Lens that will search your photos and add an appropriate scripture.