The origin of the song Amazing Grace... Touching article about the song's author and the love for his wife
I really enjoyed this article, even though it took me several paragraphs to realize that this was not about a contemporary couple, but the author of the song Amazing Grace.
I realized it was not set in modern times when "John" gave up his cruel business shipping slaves.
Survival looked hopeless. John was attempting to steer the ship, trying to hold it on course.
His thoughts turned to Christ, and he cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us!" (...) The wretched man was saved and began seeking the Lord in prayer and reading the Scriptures. Mary saw the change in her childhood friend, and the two were married and spent the next forty years together. He wrote that their love "equaled all that the writers of romance have imagined."(...)
Today, we can read a two-volume collection of John's letters to Mary. He said, "I am led to think of the goodness of God, who has made you mine, and given me a heart to value you. Thus my love to you, and my gratitude to him, cannot be separated...All other love, that is not connected with a dependence on God, must be precarious."
John Newton never ceased to be amazed at God's work in his life. He began writing hymns for Sunday night services at his church. We still sing his 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."
Very interesting. Make sure to check out the whole article about John Newton.
How nice of the Andalusia Star News to add a bit of history to their daily reporting. God knows that inspiring stories like that are more uplifting than most stuff you find in the news these days.
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