As much as I adore praise and worship music, I still love hymns. They have a richness to them. I feel a deep sense of heritage, since I grew up singing these songs next to my grandparents in our United Methodist Church.
Songs like Amazing Grace and Here I Am, Lord touch my soul. How Great Thou Art makes me think of my Great-Grandma Binkerd who used to play it for us on the piano.
My all-time favorite hymn is It Is Well With My Soul. The first verse says,
When peace like a river,
attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
it is well, it is well with my soul.
Perhaps most impressive is that this song was penned by a man named Horatio Spafford after several traumatic events. Spafford’s only son died, followed by the great Chicago Fire, which ruined him financially. He sent his family to Europe and planned to follow, but the ship wrecked, killing his four daughters. Spafford and his wife returned to the site of the accident, which is when he wrote (in my opinion) one of the most meaningful hymns ever composed. Even in the midst of his pain and turmoil, Spafford found peace with God.
Is it well with your soul?