In light of recent events, I want to take an intermission from the biodiesel posts. A cherished friend of mine passed away yesterday. He had been fighting heart health issues for a long time. Joe was a devoted husband & father who was brave, cheerful, friendly, faithful, hospitable, ……. So, I want to devote this post to Joe, his wife Hannah, their 2 daughters, his brothers, his father, and everyone else dear to him. Joe, I will miss you for now, until we meet again! And so we shall consider the life of a man who faced weathering the storms of life.
My friends, I wanted to share the following with you. The following is a small bio I wrote some time ago on Horatio Spafford. At some point in our lives, we all will face some form of adversity. The need for weathering the storms of life will confront us all. In my opinion, Horatio Spafford is a shining example of courage under adversity. I try to remember him (& others) during the various trials I have faced and will face in this life.
Everything was Going Well
Life was going well for Horatio Spafford. He had a flourishing business in Chicago. He had a wife, a son, and four lovely daughters.
Then Disaster Struck
In 1870 the Spafford’s only son died from scarlet fever at the age of four. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 not only burned his house to the ground but it also destroyed his business. As 1873 came to a close Horatio was devastated, but he pieced together what he could salvage and decided to take the family and go to England to start a new life.
The Fateful Voyage
He decided to send his family ahead and so he put them on the safest ship on the ocean and sent them to England. Mid-Atlantic, there was a collision with another ship and his four daughters went to their grave in the sea. Just 9 days later Spafford received a telegram from his wife in Wales. It read Saved alone.
The Faithful Voyage
Upon hearing the horrific news, Horatio Spafford boarded the next ship out of New York and sailed the same route. When his ship got to the location where his family was lost, he asked the captain to stop the ship. While it was there, stopped for a few hours, Horatio Spafford wrote a poem which today we know as the hymn IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL:
‘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.’
Only a courageous faith-based heart could write such words in the midst of tremendous long term disasters. Please understand, I do not seek to be “preachy” nor judgmental. This message is for me just as it is for you. The message is simple: inspiration & hope from the life of a brave soul who preceded us. Unlike few time’s in our nation’s history, we face tremendous difficulties and hardships in the days ahead. May we remember that weathering the storms of life is possible.
Prayer of Comfort for Those in Need
Lord we need you every day, during the good & the bad. When the storms of life crash down upon us, help us to depend on You, our Rock & our Salvation.