Saturday, November 22, 2014

This Day in Christian History: November 22

This Day in Christian History: November 22

November 22, 1873: Horatio Spafford's daughters drown.

Horatio Spafford was a lawyer from Chicago. After losing his son to sickness, and most of his wealth to the Chicago fire, he and his family decided to cross the Atlantic and spend some time in Europe on vacation. Horatio was delayed by business, but his wife and four daughters went ahead on the ship.

On November 22, 1873, the passenger ship carrying Horatio's family collided with another vessel and sank to the depths of the sea. Horatio received a telegraph from his wife with two words: Saved Alone.

With a broken heart, Horatio made arrangements to join his grieving wife in Europe. The heartbreaking experience of passing over the spot where his four beautiful girls had drowned is what gave us the beloved hymn, It Is Well With My Soul.


  1. So heartbreaking, but amazing that he praised the Lord even in his grief. That's one of my favorite hymns.

  2. It's one of my favorites too, Ally. Such a heartbreaking story, and yet so inspirational too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    Amber Schamel
    Bringing HIStory to Life