When Peace Like a River

When Peace Like a River

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 (it is well)
with my soul, (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 has shed his own blood for my soul. (Refrain)

He lives—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought;
my sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to his cross and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! (Refrain)

Lord, hasten the day when our faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
the trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;
even so it is well with my soul. (Refrain)

God reminds us that even in pain, sorrow, and death we cannot be separated from the One who loves us. There are harsh realities in this broken and sinful world: some have much but will not be generous, while others go hungry and fall into despair. We are helpless to stop sinning and helpless to fully heal the brokenness of this world. Yet it is not so with God. Whether peaceful and content or wracked by doubt, sorrow, fear, or guilt, in Christ we all have assurance that it is well with our souls, and that the day will come when all of God's children will live in peace in the presence of the living God, full of sight and praise, with faith made real and sins washed away.

Lord, we travel rough seas in this life. Our sins shake us to our very bones. This broken world surrounds us with reminders of how often we have failed you. Yet you promise mercy. Renew our faith in the assurance of your righteousness and mercy, that it may be well with our souls. Amen.

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