Horatio Spafford suffered three major traumas. His only son died of scarlet fever at age four. In the great Chicago Fire of 1871, the then-prominent businessman was destroyed financially. Soon afterward, all four of Spafford’s daughters perished when their transatlantic ship collided with another vessel and sank.
Several weeks later, as Spafford’s own ship passed near the spot where his daughters died, he wrote the famous hymn that ends: “It is well, it is well with my soul.”
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. There are tragedies impossible to prepare for. But with God, it is possible to endure. In the words of Corrie Ten Boom: No pain is so deep that God is not deeper still… in the high calling of our daily work. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Rom. 8:18)