How Great Thou ArtRight now, in South Africa, there is great political storm boiling. As this post goes live, massive protest marches are taking place and the situation on the streets is extremely volatile.
I know South Africa is not alone. We need peace in our world, but everywhere we see political storms raging.
Yesterday I attended a funeral of a man who died suddenly. In his early fifties, he was struck down by a massive heart attack and died within hours. One of the hymns we sang was "How Great Thou Art". After singing that great and well-known hymn, I nudged my husband. "Don't forget I want that sung at my funeral!" I whispered.
Today's post is going to be different. I urge you to take a few minutes from your busy day and listen to the two songs below.
Mr. Carl Gustaf Boberg (1859-1948) was a Swedish pastor, editor and member of parliament. One day he was out walking when a sudden thunderstorm blew in with a fierce wind, and he had to take shelter. After the storm, he heard the sound of a church bell in the distance.To his mind sprang words which would one day become famous: O Lord, my God, When I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds They hands hath made . . .
Over the next years, this poem was turned into a hymn, translated into various other languages, set to music, and sung in various countries ranging from the Ukraine to India. In the latter half of the last century, the hymn was brought to America where George Beverly Shea made it famous when he sang it over 100 times at Billy Graham crusades across the world.
Here it is, sung by the great George Bev Shea with a massed choir.Take a few minutes and allow these beautiful words to wash over your soul.
Isn't it wonderful?
It Is Well With My Soul
Four days after the liner left dock, it collided with a powerful iron-hulled ship and sank. Most of the passengers drowned, including the four Spafford children. One of the few survivors was Mrs. Spafford. On landing in Wales, she sent her husband a wire saying, "Saved alone. What must I do?"
Mr. Spafford boarded the next available ship to join his grieving wife. Four days later, the captain informed him there were over the place where his children had gone down with the ship. While on the journey, Spafford wrote the words, When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll . . . The words of the now well-loved hymn "It Is Well With My Soul". Allow these words to soak into your heart and spirit.
Storms to Peace
How about you? What storms have you faced? Have you learned how great God is through the tough times as well as the good times? Have you found through them all to trust in Jesus?
Can South Africa and all the other countries that need peace unite in turning to God? Then we will see peace like a river moving through our countries and our world.
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts, your minds through Christ Jesus Philippians 4:7.
Have a great weekend, full of the joy and peace that can only come from Jesus!
SHIRLEY CORDER lives on the coast of South Africa with her husband, Rob. She has recently embarked on a series of eBooks titled, Out of the Shadow.
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