Less than a year had passed since scarlet fever took the life of Horatio Spafford’s son. Soon after, the great Chicago Fire of 1871 broke out, consuming miles of real estate, including most of the portions Spafford had successfully invested in through the years. It nearly ruined him. And still the worst had not yet come. Two years later, he organized a vacation to England to give his family a much-needed reprieve and to assist in the ministry efforts of his friend, Dwight L. Moody. When the day of departure arrived, Spafford’s wife, Anna, and their four daughters boarded the Ville du Havre, but business delayed him in the city so he sent them on ahead with plans to join them shortly thereafter.
Days later, to his dismay, a telegram arrived from Anna with the words, “Saved alone. What shall I do…”
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