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September 22, 2010

On the Bright Side – Mary Howell 9/22/10

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 7:08 pm

The hymn, Amazing Grace, is possibly the best loved Gospel song that has ever been written.  The words were written in 1773 by John Newton, a blind man, who was a slave owner in England.

Newton ran a slave boat and made many trips to buy slaves.  He was very brutal and hard-hearted toward the men who were under him.

On one such trip, a horrible storm occurred and the sea was so rough that John Newton became frightened for his life.  He fell on his knees and prayed for God’s mercy.  After the storm was over, he realized that God saved him from danger along with his crew.

In his own words, he wrote the following about himself:

“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God, I am what I am”.

If we seem to get no good by attempting to draw near to Him, we may be sure we will get none by keeping away from Him.”

God sometimes does His work with gentle drizzle, not storms.”

Although my memory’s failing, I remember two things very clearly; I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”

I am still in the land of the dying; I shall be in the land of the living soon. (my last words)”

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.

“Twas grace  that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear,

The hour I first believed!

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

‘Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.

This beautiful hymn has brought comfort to millions of people through the years and has brought joy to many Christian’s hearts.  For about 200 years, this was just another Gospel song until God blessed it by it’s being recorded b Judy Collins in 1970.  It then became the number one hit in both the United Kingdom and United States of America. God’s amazing grace is available to all people of all faiths and is God’s gift to mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ who gave His life so that all who believe can have eternal life.

Mary Howell

September 22, 2010

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