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Most people have heard of the hymn "Amazing Grace", but not many people know the history behind it. Even fewer appreciate its beauty and perfection. Fewer still cry every time they hear it because it holds as much meaning for them as it did for the man that wrote it. John Newton was born in London July 24, 1725, his father was a sea captain who sailed the Mediterranean sea area. When he was 11 years old he went to sea on his father's ship. In 1744 he was impressed into service on a man-of-war, the H. M. S. Harwich, which he found to be a miserable place and eventually deserted. He was caught, flogged, and demoted from a midshipman down to a seaman. He was eventually transferred to a slave ship and was treated terribly. Another sea captain rescued him, a friend of his father's who also became a slave trader. He had no upbringing in religion and had no use for it. He was a drunken, violent, foul-mouthed sailor who believed only in himself, if he even believed in that. One night he was steering the ship through a violent storm, it was May 10, 1748, it was a worse storm than usual and the going was rough. It was then that he had what he called his "great deliverance." His eyes and heart opened, his soul was awakened. When it seemed that they would surely sink he cried out to God "Lord, have mercy upon us" and the ship was saved. Later when he had time to think, he decided that God called out to him and that God's grace had changed him. He continued for a time as a sailor, in 1750 he married Mary Catlett, a woman whom that he had loved for a long time. In 1755 he became very sick and had to give up the sea life. After he recovered in 1755 he became a surveyor of tides at Liverpool, which he did until 1760. During this time he met people who helped him grow in his faith, he learned Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. It was around then that he decided to become a minister and submitted a request to the Archbishop of York, who refused him. He was persistent though and eventually was admitted by the Bishop of Lincoln. He became a curate of Olney and preached there for many years. He was so successful that the church had to be enlarged to hold the crowds. He wrote many hymns (68 of them), Amazing Grace being the most famous and, to many, the most important. The original melody has been lost over the years, the one that we sing now is not the original one, but the melody isn't what is important, the words are the important part. Through him, through his misfortunes, through his terror, his wicked ways, his life's experiences, God made sure that his word was taught. Read the words, don't just glance at them the way you would a phone book, absorb them. Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound) That sav'd a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears reliev'd; How precious did that grace appear, The hour I first believ'd! Thro' many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home. The Lord has promis'd good to me, His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be, As long as life endures. Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease; I shall possess, within the veil, A life of joy and peace. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine; But God, who call'd me here below, Will be forever mine  
Another one of the songs that I really like is The Canticle of the Turning
And there is Sweetly Broken
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