“Amazing Grace” by John Newton has grown to be my favorite hymn. from the time I was young my love for the hymn sprouted. I would have to have the hymn sung to me every night before I would go to sleep.
“Amazing Grace” was written by John Newton. John Newton was many things,but a Godly person. He was a deserter from the Navy, flogged, abused, and a slave trader. Newton was the captain of his own ship and one night at sea when a violent storm-swept the sea the ship was sailing. When Newton realized all was lost and they would surely sink, he cried out to God. “Lord, have mercy on us.” John Newton encountered God and his life flipped. From a slave trader to servant of God. Newton then decided to become a preacher and wrote the hymn we now sing in church. “Amazing Grace” was published in 1779 and is still relevant today.
Amazing Grace is my favorite hymn and it was not until this past weekend that the truth of it was revealed to me.
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…”
“Amazing Grace” was given that day Jesus was nailed to the cross. I still don’t know how God must have felt to see his son hanging on a cross for the sins that hadn’t been committed yet; I guess I can ask him that fine day.
“how sweet the sound”
the sweet sound of amazing grace will be heard on that fine day, when the trumpets sound and we are called home.
‘Wretch’ is a word that we may say, but have no idea what it means. the two definitions of ‘wretch’ I found were,
“an unfortunate or unhappy person.”
“a despicable or contemptible person”
I guess John Newton would fit the bill for being a wretch, he was a slave trader after all. but I guess I have fallen in to that category. I have been unhappy about the life that God has planned for me. this past summer I lost family two members and it felt like God had turned his back on me. it was not until this past weekend when I had a mini-confessional with my small group leader that, I knew God still loved me and hadn’t forgotten about me.
“I once was lost, but I am found.”
for a long time, maybe since last July, I felt like there was a wall put up around me and I fell into my old habits that were not altogether healthy. this weekend can remember the exact moment I found myself in God’s beautiful hand.
“I once was blind, but now I see.”
I was blinded by the stress and grief to the beautiful plan God has for my life. God has a plan for my life I may not know what it is right now, but I am sure it is full of blessings and sunshine.
Covered in Amazing Grace,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”- Jeremiah 29:11