I received a text the other day from a friend, asking if I could recreate a sign* that she saw and loved! Of course I texted her back, ASAP, with a YES! I mean, really, I can recreate anything…at least that is what I was hoping. After numerous texts back and forth, to figure out the exact measurements and color selection, I went to work. It was not difficult to make at all, but since I am stilling learning how to use my Cameo, it was a little time consuming. The end result looks amazing! And I hope that my friend loves it (she better) even more than the original one she saw!
Many people have heard the song “It Is Well With My Soul'”, but probably do not know the story behind these now famous words. A different friend shared this story with me the other day, so now I am sharing it with you.
When Horatio Spafford wrote the heart gripping words to the hymn, he was not insinuating that all things were going well in his life. In fact, Spafford's words were meant as a song of thanksgiving and praise to our God in the midst of deep grief and loss as a result of a series of tragedies that can only be imagined by most.
In 1870, in spite of a successful career, Horatio and Anna Spafford began to suffer a series of tragedies that would change their lives forever, beginning with the death of their son. His death was the result of Scarlet Fever at the tender age of four. Approximately one year later, a large portion of Spafford's real estate holdings were lost as a result of the Great Chicago Fire. Spafford lost his life's savings.
In 1873, Horatio sent his wife and daughters on a ship to Europe. He planned to join them later. Nine days later, Spafford's wife, Anna, sent him a telegram from Wales. The telegram read, "Saved alone."
On the way to Europe a French ship collided with the English ship. It took only 12 minutes to sink, taking 226 lives with it. Anna's last memories were of her daughter being ripped from her arms by the raging waters. She alone had been rescued from the debris. All four daughters died in the accident.
Horatio boarded the next ship out of New York to join Anna. During the voyage to Europe, the ship's captain called Horatio Spafford to the ship's bridge. It was there that the captain explained to Horatio that they were passing over the spot where his daughters had perished. Horatio returned to his cabin and wrote It Is Well With My Soul .
I was going to share with you a step by step on how I made this sign, but I think after that amazing heart wrenching story, it just doesn’t seem right.
I leave you to reflect on your own life’s tragedies and blessings you have encountered! God Bless!*Please note: The original design of the sign came from 13pumpkins on etsy. To purchase her amazing ‘it is well with my soul’ or her other amazing signs visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/13pumpkins.
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