The History Behind the Hymns
Most great music has a great story behind it. Whether the songwriter is Taylor Swift, Darlene Zschech, or Horatio Spafford in 1873, memorable songs are often inspired by some defining moment or event in the life of the songwriter. For Horatio Spafford, it was a series of tragic events culminating in the loss of his children at sea. Horatio and Anna Spafford were remarkable, devoted followers of Christ who left a legacy both in music and service. I have included links to a couple of the better sites that I have found detailing the history both of their lives and the now famous hymn “It is Well With My Soul”.
The stories behind the other hymns are also worth noting, and I have included some links to those as well. The story of O Holy Night is particularly inspiring, so be sure to check it out.
What a Friend We Have in Jesus was most recently added. It's a great, longstanding hymn which has been recorded by a surprising number of mainstream musical artists. I think you will find this interesting.
This page wouldn’t be complete without putting in a plug for my home church, Salem Baptist Church in Apex, North Carolina. If you are looking for a church home or just passing through, please consider visiting us.
It is Well With My Soul
Library of Congress
Wikipedia - Horatio Spafford
Wikipedia - It is Well With My Soul
Wikipedia - Ville Du Havre
Praise to the Lord the Almighty
Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou My Vision.com
Just As I Am
O Holy Night
Incredible True Story of 'O Holy Night'
What A Friend We Have in Jesus
Photography by Sam McHan