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.” One of my very favorite songs, no question about it. Here’s a little history on the song. It was published in 1779 (How’d you like to have the royalties on that one?!) by English poet turned clergyman John Newton. Newton, it turns out, was a very interesting character. He wrote the song from his own personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction. He was heavily involved in the Atlantic slave trade when in 1748 a violent storm battered his vessel off the coast of Ireland. So violently, in fact, that in fear he cried out to God for mercy. That was a turning point in young Newton’s life and he soon ended seafaring altogether to pursue Christian theology. *(Must’ve been a heckuva storm!)

“Amazing Grace” was written to illustrate a sermon on New Year’s Day in 1773. It’s unknown if it was accompanied by music but most historians agree that it was probably just chanted in unison by those in the congregation that day. The song was officially published in 1779 and soon disappeared into relative obscurity in England. It became popular in the early continue reading this post from January 2017.

Amazing Grace, How Sweet the ‘Feel’

5 thoughts on “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the ‘Feel’

  1. Glad your doing these again i know its alot of work on top ofall the things you have on your plate so i will say thank you to you Andy Taylor

  2. Andy Taylor I agree so glad you are writing again. When I checked my email and read your post it encouraged me and helps direct my path. Life is all about trying to walk in compassion, forgiveness, and love. The world will know Jesus by these three. Thank you

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