I don’t know about you, but I love history. I love learning about the world’s history, about the history of the Bible, about history in general! Today, I would love to dig into the history of the hymn that we all know : Amazing grace. It’s a song we all know and that even non-Christians know. But the story behind the hymn is so interesting, and I would love to share it with you.
I obviously can’t talk about all the details of the whole story, but in summary, here is what happened.
John Newton, the composer of the hymn, was raised by his stepmother. His mother died when he was only six and his father was always gone at sea. He went to a boarding school, where he was mistreated. He started as an apprentice on a ship with his father when he was just eleven.
He started working as a crew member on a slave ship. I’m sure you can only imagine how hard life must have been on board a slave ship. He must have seen really horrible things. At one point, there was a huge storm, so bad that one of the crew members was thrown overboard by it. They thought they were going to sink and die. God saved them during the storm, and Newton saw that and realized it. He started to have faith in God and changed his ways of debauchery. It wasn’t until many years later that he wrote the words for “Amazing Grace”.
God, in his great, precious, and amazing grace, can completely change our lives around. Newton was living under horrible conditions and was a drunkard and many other things. But God transformed him and used his song to touch so many lives. Don’t doubt God’s power in your life. He can use you right where you are.
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