HT: Lance Gargus
Lyrics to the original “Amazing Grace” by John Newton whose life was transformed from a former slave ship captain to a servant of Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
When we’ve been here ten thousand years… bright shining as the sun. We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise… than when we 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.
For twenty years of my life I was chasing after other things that I deemed important. I was missing out on what truly gives life. This song means so much to me because when I placed my faith in Christ I was saved. I was found. I could see where I was spiritually blind before. My fears were relieved! I was (and am) delivered from being enslaved by a fear of death, (Hebrews 2:15). Because of His grace I will persevere! For that and so much more will I praise Him!
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, (Colossians 1:15-22, ESV).