Hugh Bonneville on "It Is Well With My Soul"
Hugh Bonneville talks about the meaning behind 'It Is Well With My Soul,' the tale that he narrates for 'Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir', and why it is a story we can all relate to. The annual holiday musical spectacular, 'Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir' is a one-hour holiday spectacular that premieres Monday, December 17, 2018, on PBS.
- And the account I want to share with you
this Christmas season is just such a story.
My contribution to the Christmas concert
is the one of narrator, narrating a story,
which is very much a tradition of these events.
And the story I'm telling is actually a very sad tale
on the surface, and doesn't seem very Christmassy,
but I think at its heart are some of the themes
that we try to connect to at Christmas.
It's the story of the Spafford family
who go through very dark times,
who have a catalog of hurt and pain
weaved through their lives.
But somehow, they find the strength to use that
and actually turn outward,
and to use their suffering for good.
It sounds like a strange contradiction,
but through the turmoil they endure, they find solace
in reaching out to others and helping others.
It's a story I didn't know.
It is about a family who are literally shipwrecked,
and then, through their own pain, they rebuild their lives
by helping those who have been shipwrecked themselves,
figuratively or literally, I suppose, but,
and they ended up in Jerusalem,
the daughter of the family setting up a hospital
that whose works still carries on to this day,
so it's a tremendous legacy,
but extraordinary to think that
that need to help others came from a place
where other people might have given up,
but they built on it, they built on the pain they suffered
and turned it into good,
and I think that sense of new hope, new birth,
which, of course, the nativity is all about,
of finding a way forward out of darkness into light,
is something we can recognize at Christmas whoever we are.
♪ It is well with my soul
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