In spite of his great personal loss Spafford unselfishly helped others who were homeless, and grief-stricken because of the fire. Because of his generosity and service he was well known throughout Chicago as a sincere, devout Christian. About two years later, in November , Spafford and his family decided to take a vacation.
Spafford was a good friend of D. Moody, and his family decided to meet Moody on one of his evangelistic campaigns in England, and then from there the family would travel on to Europe. However, just before they were to leave Horatio was unexpectedly detained by urgent business concerns in Chicago.
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The decision was made that his wife Anna and their daughters would go ahead to England and he would catch up with them as soon as possible. Tragedy was to strike on that trip. Just off Newfoundland, the ship collided with an English sailing vessel and sunk within 20 minutes. Anna Spafford was one of the 47 passengers who survived. Tragically all four of their daughters were part of the who died. As the ship that he was traveling on passed the approximate location where his daughters had drowned, Horatio Spafford penned the words that we sang a few minutes ago.
That is peace, to be able to write a song like that after experiencing a tragedy like that. This morning in the third sermon in my series on the fruits of the Spirit, I want us to look at the subject of peace.
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The second definition actually comes closer to getting it right. The third definition is adapted from the definition that Dr. John MacArthur gave. Cell 2 3 "Peace is knowing that we may get to the point where we can do nothing else, but that our all-powerful God has no such limits. I like the perspective of Helen Keller when she said, "I do not want the peace which passes understanding, I want the understanding which brings peace. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
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You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return. If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe. How does it apply to my own life? St Ignatius encourages us to ponder short phrases of Scripture and mull them over as we would a boiled sweet. What does this mean for me? Is it only the words that came from his lips, or is it also his actions, his relationships … or even the whole of creation? Perhaps I find the lines concerning his gift of peace to me comforting and reassuring.
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Once again I stop and consider whether my own life reflects the peace and love the Lord has given me. I pray for all those who never experience this calm and peace, or who refuse to accept his love. Request permissions to reuse this article. You can change your cookies settings at any time and find out more about them by following this link. Login Register.