Through the love of God our Savior, all will be well


All must be well

By Mary Bowley Peters (Mrs. Peters 1813 – 1856)

Through the love of God our Savior, all will be well
Free and changeless is His favor, all is well
Precious is the blood that healed us
Perfect is the grace that sealed us
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us
All must be well

Though we pass through tribulation, all will be well
Ours is such a full salvation, all is well
Happy still in God confiding
Fruitful if in Christ abiding
Steadfast through the Spirit’s guiding
All must be well

We expect a bright tomorrow; all will be well
Faith can sing through days of sorrow, all is well
On our Father’s love relying
Jesus every need supplying
Yes in living or in dying
All must be well

This comforting hymn was written by Mary Bowley commonly known and refereed to as Mrs. Peters. It is said that among female hymn-writers Mary Bowley (Mrs. Peters) ranks among the best. Her father, Richard Bowley, was born and lived in the quaint old town of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, and there Mary Bowley was born, April 17, 1813. Her husband, John McWilliam Peters, was at one time rector of Quennington, Gloucestershire, but in 1825 left there to become vicar of Langford, Berks, and also had charge of the chapel of Little Farringdon, Oxford; but he evidently did not forget his Gloucestershire friends, but returned later to marry Miss Bowley. He died in 1834, leaving her a widow at the early age of twenty-one.

As a young widow, Mrs. Peters was very familiar with sorrow but she chose to find solace in the writing of her hymns. This is evident from the character of her hymns. The most common for which she is well known is the hymn: “Through the love of God our Savior, All will be well;

None of her hymns are inferior, and she did not write very many poems. However, so highly did Mr. G. V. Wigram, the compiler of “Hymns for the Little Flock,” esteem her hymns, that some twenty of the pieces produced by her  pen are given a place in a hymn book by Mr. G.V. Wigram. Mrs peters wrote about 58 hymns together with others, were published in London in 1847, as “Hymns intended to help the Communion of Saints.”

In addition to these, Mrs. Peters wrote an excellent work, inseven volumes, called “The World’s History from the Creation to the Accession of Queen Victoria.” Its shorter title is, “Universal History on Scripture Principles.” In it, the gifted authoress traces the hand of God in all the great events of history―a most valuable feature, and one not found in any other work that we are aware of. It was published by Bagster, and is now out of print; but sets may still be obtained through the London second-hand book dealers.

That her early widowhood made Mrs. Peters realize more strongly that, to the Christian, this world is a wilderness, with wilderness lessons, is shown in “We’re pilgrims in the wilderness,” but her hymn commencing, “Our God is light,” shows what was the resource she found there in the unfailing, unwearying care of her, and our, “most gracious Lord,” and His “sustaining word.”

Her hymns breathe a spirit of calm and joyous assurance as shown in that in which she wrote triumphantly: “Clean ev’ry whit: Thou saidst it, Lord; Shall one suspicion lurk? Thine surely is a  faithful word, And Thine a finished work.”

The secret of her comfort in sorrow, her assurance and joy, is that she knew Jesus not only as a Savior, but as her Savior, so that she could sing:― “Jesus! how much Thy Name unfolds, To ev’ry opened ear!” Is the reader among those pardoned sinners whose memory holds, “None other half so dear?” If so, you can join in her last stanza:”The mention of Thy Name shall bow My heart to Worship Thee; The chiefest of ten thousand Thou, Whose love has set me free.”

Mrs. Peters has long been with her Savior. She died at Clifton, Bristol, July 29, 1856, at the comparatively early age of 43. Her hymns live on as the expression of faith and praise of other saints besides herself.

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