"It Is Well with My Soul," 1873
There is a treatment update at the end of this message.
IN AND OUT AND BACK INTO THE HOSPITAL
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a very familiar hymn with some verses that are usually omitted by our hymnal editors. A former student, now a valued colleague at a Christian college, pointed me to these two extra stanzas. I am assuming that you know the hymn and the compelling story about Horatio Spafford, the man who penned these powerful words of comfort and hope in the wake of huge personal loss and sorrow. Look here at the cyberhymnal site. Be sure to sing through verses four, five, and six, if not the whole thing.
"IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL"
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well, with my soul."
It is well with my soul;
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control:
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin—Oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal.
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.
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.
— Horatio Spafford, 1873. www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/i/t/i/itiswell.htm
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Ministries
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
TOPICAL INDEX FOR FORTY-THREE
HEALTH UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST
FOR CHIP STAM, CANCER PATIENT
February 6 Treatment Update, Back in the Hospital
Dear praying friends and family,
Doris and I are so appreciative of the huge number of people who are praying for us. Let's all remember that it is the faithfulness of the LORD that is on display during this cancer journey, not necessarily the faithfulness of the patient or the REALLY large number of those who are praying for a great display of medical success. Nevertheless, we feel the INCREDIBLE support of hundreds of dear friends in prayer. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
BAIT AND SWITCH (IN THE HOSPITAL, OUT OF THE HOSPTIAL, AND NOW BACK IN)
After seven nights in the hospital, they finally decided that I could go home. They studied my rare bacterial infection and worked it out with the drug company such that we could do some of the antibiotic treatments at our home with Nurse Doris learning how to do it all correctly. Home is very nice. I got out of the hospital on Wednesday, February 2. I slept literally all day Thursday (at the cancer clinic in the morning and again at home), all the time continuing to be quite weak. They have been trying to adjust the many medications that are addressing my illness(es). One issue is to fight the return of the Lymphoma; the other is to figure out why my temperature has been high several times in the last several days. In addition to all of that, I had another fall on Saturday, February 5, around dinnertime. I blacked out and woke up on the carpet between the bathroom and my bed. (In our bedroom set-up, the bathroom and my place on the bed are separated by about eight feet.) So it is pretty scary to know that you blacked out. We went back to the clinic Sunday morning, February 6. I spiked another fever (101.8) such that the doctor decided, "Bring a wheelchair, and put this guy in room 609 in the hospital." I do not like being here, but it is very important that they figure out the infections that are causing me to have elevated body temperature. My body is quite vulnerable. Doris is a champion. The doctors and nurses are fantastic. God is great; God is good—both 100%.
Resting in Him; He is my Portion forever.