"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


The "story" of my favorite hymn

You may or may not have noticed that I'm kind of on a "music kick" lately (well, over this and my last post, anyway). It may be a season of my life, but it seems that certain songs are causing very strong reactions in me, especially lately.

At our church's harvest dinner this past Saturday night, as well as during our morning church service the following day, we sang a song that has always (well, as long as I've been a believer, anyway) touched me in a special way - but again, more so since my husband's health issues began.

Both times I heard this song in those 24 hours, I cried, and praised the Lord for saving my soul, and for growing me in Him so my words could agree with those of the author of this beautiful hymn, Horatio Spafford.

The hymn, in case you are curious, is It Is Well With My Soul. In looking for a video of it on GodTube, I came across this one, that tells the history and motivation of its writing. It makes the words of this song that much more meaningful and poignant for me. I pray it blesses you, and gives you a new perspective. I know it did for me.


  1. Wow, that is beautiful, Jo. Brought me to tears. Thank you for finding it and sharing it.

  2. What a "Job" story! Thanks, Jo, for the blubber. ;)

  3. That has always been one of my very favorites too. Thanks for the reminder of this beautiful story.


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