Tuesday, July 24, 2012

John Newton July 24,1725- December, 1807

Today marks the birth date of John Newton, remembered for the song 'Amazing Grace', that he wrote after his conversion.  And today would be a great day to watch the movie by the same name which pays honour to Newton.

It is a beautiful story depicting the fight to abolish slavery in England.  Newton, himself, did not lead the struggle to rid England of that scourge but he and his song, 'Amazing Grace', were a great inspiration to those who did.   Slavery was made illegal in March of 1807 and Newton died in December of that year.

When a song has retained it's appeal for two hundred and eighty seven years you know you have a classic.

Amazing Grace 
by John Newton

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.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace those 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 me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will be shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

God bless and keep you all.  Be well.


  1. Makes me want to watch that movie again! I loved that. And the Celtic Women, such voices!!

    Thanks, Ma.

    1. Yes, it is a lovely story about a good song and a good cause. Thank you for introducing us to that movie. When I see a story like that about people who stand for what is truly right, I wonder, if I were there where I would have been on the issue.