After the shipwreck, Anna would go on to give birth to three more children, a son who died of pneumonia at age four, and two daughters who survived. The Presbyterian Church to which the Spafford's belonged claimed all the tragedy in their lives was due to divine punishment so the family created their own Christian sect, which the pressed dubbed "the Overcomers." Funny, that nothing memorable remains from the Presbyterian church members who persecuted the Spafford's, but the hymn and the story lives on today more one and fifty years later.
Its hard for me to think of an existence more difficult and tragic than the Anna and Horatio Spafford's. Their story reminds me of Job. Yet, in their day, People knew them as the Overcomers, not the Mourners. Truth: Right now, I am scared and hurt. But, I still have a choice as to how I behave. I can hang my head and mourn, or I can pray, dust myself off, and count myself an Overcomer. Its about choice.