This great hymn of the church is given a contemporary turn by the group, Jars of Clay.
It was written by Horation Spafford and composed by Phillip Bliss.
A note on the meaning of the group name for Jars of Clay: the band's name is derived from the New International Version's translation of 2 Corinthians 4:7:
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
This hymn was writ ten af ter several traumatic events in Spafford's life. The first was the death of his only son in 1871, shortly followed by the great Chicago Fire which ru
ined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer).
Then in 1873, he had planned to travel to Europe with
his family on the S.S. Ville Du Havre, but sent the family
ahead while he was delayed on business. While crossing
the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with
another ship, and all four of Spafford's daughters died.
His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous tel egram, "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 Spaffords later had three more children, one of whom (a son) died in infancy. In 1881 the Spaffords, including baby Bertha and newborn Grace, set sail for
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