Amazing Grace

It’s English hymnist John Newton’s birthday which is a good excuse to feature his most famous hymn:

4 Responses to Amazing Grace

  1. Leonidas says:

    It NEVER fails to give me goosebumps.


  2. scrubone says:

    I always wonder what non-Christians see in a song which describes the singer as a sinful wretch?


  3. Robert says:

    Thanks for recognizing the birthday of one of our great hymn writers, John Newton. To learn more about him, check out my blog.

    “Scrubone’s” comment is interesting. Newton chose the word “wretch” well. He was one. And he knew it! The word means: one who is miserable, unhappy and despicable. It comes from the old English wrecca, meaning an exile. It is only when sinners recognize their deplorable condition that the Lord can help them.


  4. Leonidas says:

    Scrubone, I’m not sure exactly what you mean by non-christian, but I consider myself in that category. My earliest memory of Amazing Grace was at my grandfathers funeral, a time where I thought my world as I knew it had ended and I was struggling to come to terms with the fact that he had gone. I was after all only 7. at the end of the service, several Aunts and a few Uncles(all devout Sallies, we were not.)sung the hymn accompanied by bagpipes. to say the effect was uplifting would be an understatement. so for me it is a very personal reminder of my grandfather, but as the years and my understanding grew I started to identify with the frailties of the narration, and a reminder to be humble.


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