Good morning Overflowing families,

I hope and pray all is well with you and your family. This morning, I want to encourage you to watch this video on Youtube that The Nashville Studio Singer Community sang “It is well with my soul” together virtually by using their cell phones. Wow, isn’t it? However, what is more amazing is the story of how the song was written by Horatio Spafford, after traumatic events in his life.

Wikipedia organized its story like this. “(Spafford) had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone …”. Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.”

The song goes like this.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to knowa
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Is it well with your soul? Spafford said “it is well with my soul” not because everything was easy, simple, or comfortable. In fact, what was happening in his life was far from being easy. Nonetheless, he saw God who is so much bigger than any problems, circumstances, and situations.

Like I shared with our church families last week (, it might be natural to fear and worry because of COVID-19. Well, did you know that there are 365 mentions of “fear not” in the Bible? Maybe we need to be reminded of that every day. When God said “fear not,” we can also know that he is with us!

Praying for you that the Lord will continue to keep you and bless you. Have a blessed day!

In Christ,
Your brother Karo