One of the great songs of Christian hymnity was born out of one of humanity’s darkest moments. I am talking about “Amazing Grace” written by John Newton. Newton was converted over time to an active faith in Jesus. He was once an active slave trader who become an Anglican Priest and eventually an abolitionist. On New Years morning 1773 he penned the hymn and used it as a template for the sermon he gave that morning.
After he gave the sermon he wrote this in what is surely an encouragement for any pastor or ministry worker who has felt that their latest talk was far from compelling:
“I preached this Forenoon from 1 Chron. 17.16,17. Hope I was enabled to speak with some liberty, but found my own heart sadly unaffected.”
Amazing Grace would go on to become an inspiration in revival movements, the civil rights movement, and continues to have deep meaning and significance to millions as a song of worship today.
Here’s a contemporary version by Chris Tomlin