~Amazing Grace (1)
one occasion John Vassar, the great soul winner, was going from house to
house distributing tracts and talking with people about their souls. One
woman who heard about this strange man and what he was doing said: If he
comes to my house, he will get the door slammed in his face.
knowing that this woman had made such a statement, Mr. Vassar rang her
doorbell the next day. When she saw that he was the man who had been
described to her, she slammed the door in his face.
Vassar sat down on her doorstep and sang:
drops of grief can ne’er repay
debt of love I owe,
Lord, I give myself away;
all that I can do.
woman heard the earnest verse as he sang and was convicted a sinner. She
opened the door and called Mr. Vassar in, who led her to Jesus Christ.
(1) 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.
(2) 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved:
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
(3) The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
(4) Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
(4) When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we'd first begun.
~Amazing Grace (2)
Newton, who penned the hymn Amazing Grace, also wrote these
the grace of God I am what I am…I am not what I ought to be. How
imperfect and deficient I am! I am not what I wish to be.”
And then added: “Though I am not what I ought to be, I can
truly say that I am not what I once was—a slave to sin and Satan. I
can heartily say with Paul: ‘By the grace of God I am what I am’!”
~Amazing Grace (3)
200-year-old American hymn tune, with words by a former English slave
trader, played by, of all things, a Scottish bagpipe band, was the
runaway hit record in Canada and Britain. “Amazing Grace,” performed
by the regimental pipes and drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (a
British cavalry regiment), was the number-one record in Britain and now
tops charts in Canada. Sales in the United States were brisk.
than 100,000 copies of the 45 rpm single were sold in Canada within
three weeks of release, and sales of the band’s long-play album total
half that. “Amazing,” says a distributing company official.