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Our devotion writers are Luther Seminary alumni. Their reflections are a gift to you and to the church.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

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.
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Old words, old piety—but still powerful. Whether peace or sorrow is our lot, Jesus has taught us to place our trust in him. And it will be well with your 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.
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Death, trials, storms, evils—no matter what—Jesus knows what assails each of us in our helplessness. And he has given his life for us, forever.

Thank you, dear God, for your Son, our Savior. Amen.

Marc Kolden
Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary
Master of Divinity , 1966

“When Peace Like a River” (“It Is Well with My Soul”) ELW 785

1 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.

Refrain
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

2 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.

Refrain

3 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

4 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.

Refrain


This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.