Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Amazing Grace

My husband and I have been noticing lately the overuse of the word "amazing." Do you notice how everything these days is amazing? I have to say, it is rather overused, especially in light of the things folks call amazing these days.

I recently read the story of the song Amazing Grace and I do think grace is amazing. The story behind the song is one to remember. Just in case you didn't already know it:

From Wiki (the source of all information -- tongue in cheek)
Amazing Grace is a Christian hymn with lyrics written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, Amazing Grace is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.

Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction but his life's path was formed by a variety of twists and coincidences that were often put into motion by his recalcitrant insubordination. He was pressed into the Royal Navy and became a sailor, eventually participating in the slave trade. One night a terrible storm battered his vessel so severely that he became frightened enough to call out to God for mercy, a moment that marked the beginning of his spiritual conversion. His career in slave trading lasted a few years more until he quit going to sea altogether and began studying theology.

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.

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
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me 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.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

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've first begun.

Be sure to come back tomorrow. I am going to give away a rosary for St. Joseph's feast day.

1 comment:

  1. I'm the first to admit, I probably overuse that word "Amazing"!!

    I use the word "beautiful" a lot too...

    Well, when a person feels God's goodness through another person, it's "Amazing" and I felt that through the surprise I-spy and it was "beautiful"!


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