The story of one of the most beloved hymns in all of Christendom is one of redemption. From slave trader to born again christian, “Amazing Grace” and the wretched sinner who composed it, John Newton.
Although he had had some early religious instruction from his mother, who had died when he was a child, he had long since given up any religious convictions. However, on a homeward voyage, while he was attempting to steer the ship through a violent storm, he experienced what he was to refer to later as his “great deliverance.” He recorded in his journal that when all seemed lost and the ship would surely sink, he exclaimed, “Lord, have mercy upon us.” Later in his cabin he reflected on what he had said and began to believe that God had addressed him through the storm and that grace had begun to work for him.
His story here. So if you’re having a particularly silent night:
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you, gentle readers.