“John Newton was a slave trader. He trafficked thousands of men, women, and children from Africa to the Auction Blocks.
In 1748 a violent storm threatened to sink his ship, and he fell to his knees and prayed to God for mercy.
It was said that night that John Newton sensed that there is a God who hears and answers prayer even for the worst of men.
Over time he repented… as a preacher and writer of hymns.
In 1772 he wrote a hymn called “Faith’s Review and Expectation.”
A song that you know as “Amazing Grace”
It became perhaps the most popular song in history.
A song that with a few notes lifts the heads of the hopeless, softens the hearts of the hardened.
Amazing Grace was sung by both sides of the Civil War.
And used as a requiem by the Cherokee Indians on The Trail of Tears…
Civil rights protestors sang it defiantly during freedom marches
And on that sweltering August day when Dr King shared his dream.
Amazing Grace rang out when Nelson Mandela
was released from prison…
And when the Berlin wall came crumbling down
On September 11th Amazing Grace was sung to comfort a mourning world.
It was sung when the Saints marched back into the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina reviving the spirits of a fallen city.
Grace has the power to transform, to right the wrongs,
and turn a man who once traded slaves into one who fought for their freedom.”
“Through many dangers toils and snares
I have already come…
Twas grace that brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead us home.”
~ John Newton