Before I was married to Jerry, I was married to Ron who was also a Vietnam Veteran. When he was diagnosed with cancer, I positioned the treadmill in a separate room so that I could see him in his recliner. I memorized some hymns, one of which was

"It is well with my soul". See below. When I saw the above picture on the Depositphotos site, it reminded me of that hymn because of the last verse:

And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight;

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,

The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,

"Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well. With my soul.

It is well, it is well with my soul.

This hymn was written by Horatio Spafford. He not only lost his only son at age four due to scarlet fever, all four daughters drown along with 222 others when their ship the Ville du Havre sunk on the night of November 22, 1873. The music was written by Philip Bliss who himself soon perished along with his wife in a terrible train wreck in Ohio.

Here is the hymn:

The story of "It is Well with My Soul" narrated by Hugh Bonneville.

Christmas is only 2 days away. It's hard to imagine Christmas without music. The scriptures tell about the birth of Jesus with music. Mary's song is in Luke 1:46-55. The shepherds and angels can be found in Luke 2:8-14.

In the Old Testament Psalm 100 begins with this:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing (Psalm 100:1-2)

I would also like to recommend an article by John Piper titled:

Singing, Suffering, and Scripture

How God Keeps us Through Song

It is on the internet under Desiring God published November 8, 2020 at a Global Conference.

Remember, Mind how you go! Why? Because God minds how you go. Merry Christmas!

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