That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
The distant image of three people drifts through my mind: a Samaritan woman, a slave ship captain, and a college student. The woman was blind to her destructive circle of self-abuse called adultery. The captain was blind to his own enslavement to money made from human cargo. The college student was blind to the addictions sneaking through the back entrance of life.
Thro’ many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath bro’t me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
Unknown to them, Christ had set an appointment with each of the three. Jesus looks into their eyes and hearts, revealing the dangers, toils, and snares he sees deep inside. With incredible grace, he offers unconditional love. The snare is crushed and his children come home to him forever.
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 first begun.
The Samaritan woman runs to her village. “Come see the man who told me everything I have ever done,” she shouts graciously to those who had no grace for her. John Newton, the slave ship captain, abandons ship to write the most poignant and popular lyric of grace in the history of the world, “Amazing Grace.” As a college student, face-down on my den floor, I receive grace and fall deeply in love with God. The song of grace continues to be written at the cross. Let the song fill your life too. — Mark Powers
Newton, “Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound,” Public Domain.