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Series: God's Amazing Grace
February 6, 2005
On several different occasions I have visited the little town of Olney, England. Walking through the town center is like going back in time. Much of the town has kept it 18th century market town character. If you were to go to official web site of Olney, you would find that is identified as, "The home of the world famous Pancake Race and the hymn 'Amazing Grace'"! I don't much about the Pancake Race, but I am familiar with Amazing Grace.
Each time I have been there I have visited the Olney Parish Church, which 200-foot spire looms above the town. This was the Church where John Newton pastored in the late 1700's. On one occasion I had walked down to get some pictures of the Church vicarage (parsonage for us American's). An old fellow was walking by and in a strong English accent he said, "You familiar with the hymn, Amazing Grace?" I said, "Yes sir, very familiar." He said, "See that window," pointing at one of the windows of the house, "It was in that room that John Newton wrote Amazing Grace." I said, "Is that right?" He replied, "Yes sir, that's the place," and continued walking on down the street.
I stood there for a while and thought about Newton and his great hymn. I thought to myself, "I wonder if Newton had any idea when he wrote Amazing Grace that one day it would become perhaps the most popular hymn ever written." I am not sure he ever imagined that in the year 2005 Churches all over the world would be singing his hymn.
What is about the hymn Amazing Grace that endears it so to so many hearts? I think it is because it is the testimony of us all:
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.
The longer I am saved and the more I learn about my salvation, the more I understand that all I am and how I have is because of God's amazing grace. ...
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