Amazing Grace

Being the daughter of a bagpiper, it would stand to reason that the hymn Amazing Grace  would have found its way into my heart, and that would be true.  My favourite part is when the solo piper begins and then the rest of the band starts up and the harmony beings.  I get goose bumps each time and I get lost in that moment.  At that exact moment, my insides are screaming “yes” and tears start flowing.   The above link is of the 48th Highlanders and my father played with them when he was just a little boy.

Up until yesterday, I was totally ignorant of the history of the writer of Amazing Grace and am somewhat embarrassed to say so.  But, in my excitement of this new knowledge, and now having one more reason to love that tune, I began asking other people and was pleased to know that I am not the only ignoramus around.

The story goes that John Newton (July 24, 1725-December 21, 1807), a slave-driver from England was on the high seas with a ship full of slaves from Sierra Leon when he came upon a terrible storm.   It was in hearing a heart wrenching noise during that storm, some say from the slaves themselves, that made him realize the error of his ways.  Not a particularly religious man, he called out to God to help him weather the storm and after the skies cleared and the danger had passed, he took out his notebook and wrote the words to Amazing Grace.

After experiencing a religious conversion, he became a minister, hymn-writer, and later a prominent supporter of the abolition of slavery and lived long enough to see the Slave Trade Act of 1807 become law.

Isn’t it amazing how one event can change the entire direction of our lives for the better?

Amazing Grace Lyrics

“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.

T’was Grace that taught…
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear…
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares…
we have already come.
T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far…
and Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me…
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be…
as long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years…
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise…
then when we’ve first begun.

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.

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