How wonderful

John Newton, slave trader, abolitionist, minis...
John Newton, slave trader, abolitionist, minister, and author of the hymn “Amazing Grace” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 has brought me 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…
then when we’ve 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.

This was my chosen hymn at my baptism in 1989. For 43/44 years I had been an unbeliever in God, in salvation through Jesus Christ and never realising I was a sinner in God’s eyes. I didn’t need God, I could just live as I pleased because for me there wasn’t a God. I chose to disbelieve. However that all changed during the summer of 1988 when I first began to read the Bible. I read it from cover to cover because I wanted by then to know what, if anything, was in it that was so important. I had been writing poetry for some years but had only a few months previously been writing them to the God I had been rejecting. Some of those early poems became songs, the very first ones I wrote. I realised now that in fact I was searching for God, seeking Him out and then asking Him to show me that He existed, remember that I was still an atheist but one that was seeking an audience with my Creator. It was that fact alone which eventually opened my heart to receive Him. You see God waits for us to seek Him out. He has given us the free choice and it is up to us to reach out. Many times God will present Himself before us, showing His presence in many different ways. We have to be open to Him, we have to yearn and be ready to invite Him into our hearts as the opportunity is given. You see, God is a loving and caring Father who wants only the best for us. We have to recognise that and accept it.

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

You cannot earn the right no matter how ‘good’ you think you are;

That Son is Jesus, the only way to salvation. Make way for him in your heart before it is too late.

Shirley Anne

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