Amazing Grace

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"Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore, stand firm and don’t submit to the bondage of slavery again." - Galatians 5:1

The story behind the popular hymn “Amazing Grace” is that a former slave trader gave his life to Christ and penned the hymn as a prayer of deliverance. The author, recognizing God’s grace, gave up the slave trade and turned to ministry.

Amazing Grace is a favorite hymn sung in churches and is quite popular with bagpipes at funerals. Written in 1779, the hymn has been printed and recorded internationally innumerable times, with the US Library of Congress housing a collection of over 3,000 versions of the hymn.

Contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin adapted the hymn to include the following words: “My chains are gone, I've been set free. My God, my Savior has ransomed me. And like a flood His mercy reigns. Unending love, amazing grace.”

Christ has set us free! We are ransomed that we may be free from our chains. Rest today in the amazing grace of Christ; he has set you free, and you are free indeed.


"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)"
John Newton (1831), Tomlin & Giglio (2006)

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

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

Chorus (x2)

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

God of amazing grace, help me to accept your grace when I feel I don’t deserve it. You’ve brought me through dangers, toils, and snares, setting me free. Now let my heart feel your unending love and your grace lead me safely home. Amen.
Nov 29 2018