Music | Amazing Grace - My Chains Are Gone

I'm reminded of this song today as I think about people in my life who are hurting.

"Amazing Grace" was written by John Newton in 1779. He had participated in the slave trade and on a turbulent night at sea he cried out to God - this beginning his conversion.

Before his conversion, as stated on Wikipedia,
"While aboard the ship Greyhound, Newton gained notoriety for being one of the most profane men the captain had ever met. In a culture where sailors commonly used oaths and swore, Newton was admonished several times for not only using the worst words the captain had ever heard, but creating new ones to exceed the limits of verbal debauchery."

Even after his conversion he could not erase the vision of the slaves he helped trade. In the movie, "Amazing Grace", his character states "I wish I could remember all their names. My 20,000 ghosts, they all had names, beautiful African names. We'd call them with just grunts, noises. We were apes, they were human."

I praise God that He came for the sinners, the broken, the unlovable. Anyone can have salvation. You're not too old, too sinful. NOTHING is unforgiveable!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm 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

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

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

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine

1 comment:

  1. This encouraged me today. Had a rough morning, and needed this.