November 22 will come and go in your life, but for Horatio Spafford, the day was forever fixed in his mind as a day of tragedy. On November 22nd, 1873, the steamship Ville du Havre was headed for Europe, when it collided with a sailing vessel and was lost at sea, along with 226 people, among whom were four of Spafford’s daughters. Spafford quickly boarded the next ship for Europe to meet his wife, who had survived the accident at sea (along with 87 others). When told by the captain that they were over the spot where the Ville du Havre had sunk, he wrote these words, …
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.