When everything's lost, When all means fail What can you do? Will you trust me with your love? Or be denied? It doesn't matter who we are It doesn't matter what we say You'll be safe here Too many reasons to define. The old couple sitting on the bench Under the midsummer sun, under the midsummer sun Watching their grandchildren playing In the playground, in the playground Wouldn't it be nice to be Playing with them, to be like them Rather than wasting my time Living like a fool, I keep losing my cool I keep dreaming of the bees and the butterflies They don't seem to go away I keep thinking of the way we used to play I don't want them to go away Together we went up onto the hills Do you remember? Do you remember?
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Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He had grown up without any particular religious conviction, and was conscripted into service in the Royal Navy. After leaving the service, he became involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In , a violent storm battered his vessel off the coast of County Donegal , Ireland , so severely that he called out to God for mercy. This moment marked his spiritual conversion but he continued slave trading until or , when he ended his seafaring altogether. He then began studying Christian theology. Ordained in the Church of England in , Newton became curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire , where he began to write hymns with poet William Cowper. It is not known if there was any music accompanying the verses; it may have been chanted by the congregation. It debuted in print in in Newton and Cowper's Olney Hymns but settled into relative obscurity in England. In the United States, "Amazing Grace" became a popular song used by Baptist and Methodist preachers as part of their evangelizing, especially in the South, during the Second Great Awakening of the early 19th century.
Grace is not bought. It is a free gift of almighty God to needy mankind. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. But when you catch, by the inspiration of God, its full meaning, you will leave the limits of human reasoning and revel in the spiritual riches of divine truth and privilege. Yes, the grace of God is a reality. Thousands have tried, tested, and proved that it is more than a cold creed, a docile doctrine, or a tedious theory. The grace of God has been tested in the crucible of human experience, and has been found to be more than an equal for the problems and sins of humanity. Learn more about the grace God offers through His divine love. Lord, this day help me to come to a more full and abundant awareness of Your bountiful grace. Stimulate me to serve You.