The band Page CXVI came into being with the idea of making hymns, and the messages they carry, more accessible to a wider audience.
Singer/songwriter Latifah Phillips rewrote the hymn "Joy" the night her father died. Acknowledging the ways joy and grief can be experienced together, she ended this version of "Joy" with lines from
the hymn "It
is Well With My Soul."
She says, "God brings us peace. [God] even brings us joy when it seems and feels impossible."
Iʼve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart / down in my heart
And Iʼm so happy, so happy, so very happy
And I canʼt understand
And I canʼt pretend
That this will be alright in the end
So Iʼll try my best
And lift up my chest
To sing about this... joy, joy, joy
When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
What ever my lot thou has taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul