One of, if not the most familiar hymn of the faith is that of Amazing Grace. John Newton deemed himself a “wretch” within the lyrics of the song mainly because he was a slave trader, blasphemer, rebel, immoral, and a torturer. The man that wrote on God’s amazing grace, was at one time as far away from it as anyone could be. As a young boy, John fell in love with the sea and everything in it. His dream was to sail, but that dream would soon turn into a nightmare as he found himself completely indulged with the wickedness of the sailors. His life would become hard as he began to face the consequences for the sins he committed. The lesson that he learned was that sin always has consequences, even if it doesn’t come immediately. Sin will take you farther than you want to go. While on board a slave ship in 1748,
God truly got John’s attention as an extreme storm nearly caused the ship to wreck. Amidst the crashing wind, and crushing waves, john could hear the cries of the slaves on board and it is almost as if his eyes were opened to his own wickedness. John fell to his knees and cried to God for mercy and grace. God’s grace reached down and saved John Newton. John changes his entire life style and would later go on to pastor in Olney, England. He would pen the words to his testimonial song,

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

Through many dangers
Toils and snares
We have already come
‘Twas grace hath brought
Us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home

When we’ve been there
Ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ll have no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun

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