No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway to the human spirit.
FCCN Sunday Service Preview - "Great Hymns of Inspiration"
June 3, 2018
"It Is Well With My Soul" is a hymn that was written in the context of unbelievable loss in the life of the author, Horation Spafford. With overwhelming losses and unspeakable grief, he could still put to pen these words of comfort for millions.
We are deeply moved by the great hymns of our faith and love singing them, whether they are hymns of praise or hymns that comfort the soul in hours of grief and need. Every great hymn has a context in which it was written. For instance, "Amazing Grace" was written by John Newton who spent his early years on a slave ship, and was the image of a degenerate man. After several near death experiences, he remembered the words of his mother who died when he was only seven, to cry out to God for mercy. That is what he did and called upon God to save him. His life was changed and he went to seminary to become an Anglican priest as well as hymn writer. Now his hymn is translated into every language in the Christian world. Everywhere he preached, rooms were filled to overflowing. His hymn touches people around the world to this day.
Serving Him together, Rev. Les Wicker, pastor
What's the difference between a hymn and a song? Silly question? Not really. A hymn is a musical composition with words that reflect love for and praise of God. Did you ever wonder how these great hymns that touch us so deeply came into being. Perhaps those that grip the heart and soul the most, came out of life changing experiences from those who wrote them. Those experiences, while peculiar to the author, have wide application to spiritual needs. Amazing Grace was written by John Newton, once engaged in slave trading. "It Is Well with My Soul" was written by Horatio Spafford who lost his four daughters in a tragic ship collision at sea. Fanny Crosby wrote over 7000 hymns, yet she was blind from the time she was six days old.
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