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Amazing Grace

 

 

 

 

Even Those Who Would Abuse Another Can Experience God’s Grace

‘Amazing Grace’ was written by a wretched man by the name of John Newton. A man who spent most of his life involved in slave trading. A man who, at one time, was even himself a slave (there were white slaves also). But a man who, in the midst of his journeys and desperation, ran into a loving God. One who showered him with grace.

 

Years later, this pitiful excuse for a human, this man who made his wealth from the pain and abuse of others, took up a quill and begin to write, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that could save a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.”

My Own Miserable Existence 

Though not a slave trader per say, my life paralleled that of John Newton’s in many ways. At the ripe age of twelve I got my first look inside of a jail and by the age of fifteen I was in reform school. I lived a life of crime, and like John Newton, I would abuse anyone for my own gain. I would sell narcotics, steal, or anything else to satisfy my lust, all at the expense of others. And I thought I was living the good life.

The War

In 1966 I went directly from reform school to the Marine Corps, to Vietnam. While on a patrol, in North Vietnam, I stepped on a land mine. After six months in the hospital I was back on the streets again, and this time I had more anger and more self pity than ever before. I moved to the west coast where I quickly found new suppliers for drugs. After a gun fight in Hollywood, CA., where two men were shot, I thought, perhaps a change of scenery might improve my life, therefore, I moved north, but that didn’t work either. Next, I moved back home and got married. I thought surely a family would make my life better. I never quite realized that the problem was inside of me and I took it with me wherever I went. Naturally, a divorce had to follow.

 

Las Vegas Here I Come!

 

Now that I was single again, I hit the road once more. This time, I am on my way to ‘Sin City’, where, one night, I found four girls on the street, with a flat tire, I thought I would change their tire and then all of us would party the rest of the night. But as I begin to change that tire, one of the girls said, “sir, do you know Jesus?” And so, it was there on the side of the road in ‘Sin City’ that I found God’s Amazing Grace. My life has never been the same again!

 

And like John Newton, I will spend the rest of my life telling everyone that will listen, about God’s Amazing Grace and Love for a lost and dying world.

 

Grace will Change Your Life Forever

The Lyrics to Amazing Grace

“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…

we have already come.

T’was Grace that brought us 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.

 

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,

and mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess within the veil,

a life of joy and peace.

 

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.

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