Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.

According to Google, Amazing Grace is the most famous Christian hymn in America and among the most famous worldwide. It is sung in innumerable church settings and is often performed elsewhere–such as at the funerals of police officers and firefighters. President Obama delighted and surprised his audience when he sang it from memory at the funeral service for slain victims at the historic Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, SC.

John Newton was an English slave trader before he wrote Amazing Grace. He brought slaves from Africa to America under the most inhumane conditions that can be imagined. Saying “I once was lost, but now am found” were words that probably had an especially strong impact on him. Likewise were the words “was blind, but now I see.”

The fourth verse gives even more hope to everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

“When we’ve been there 10,000 years; bright shining as the sun

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.”

I pray that you accept this Amazing Grace immediately if you have not done so already.

–Bruce’s Blog

September 22, 2021

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