I just received a book in the mail from Amazon, entitled, “Out of the Depths” by John Newton. Anybody know who he is? Nevermind, I’ll tell you. He is the gentleman that wrote the song, “Amazing Grace” clear back in 1772. Now I realize that biographies of wretched old slave traders are not really many people’s cup of tea. This one is pretty dang good though. In fact, it sounds like something written a few years back not a couple of generations ago. Anyway, for what it’s worth I love it.

I was intrigued with John Newton after seeing the movie, “Amazing Grace,” a true story about William Wilberforce’s life’s work to abolish slavery in the 1800’s. All this is leading up to a wonderful video clip that a friend sent me that I’d hoped to put on the blog—but apparently so many people have downloaded it that they’ve changed the availability of the clip. So, I’ll give you the link and ask—no beg you to watch it.  It is just too incredible not to share.

Warning–if you’re a mush head like me…get out the Kleenix and brace yourself.

You won’t be sorry.


Amazing Grace by Il Divo

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me….
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T’was 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.
T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far…
and Grace will lead us home.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years…
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise…
then when we’ve first begun.

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me….
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.”


PS–Week 2 food storage tip is:


5 boxes of Mac and Cheese, 4 cans tomato soup

7 Replies to “Amazing…”

  1. Beautiful clip! I love II Divo!!!! I love the bagpipes too! If you move to Scotland can I come stay with you? My hubby wants to visit Scotland real bad. Hopefully someday.

  2. I am ready to go right now. If we went to visit–I’m pretty darn sure I’d never come back. The bagpipes are in your soul, honey. Grampa was very careful to put them there–in us all.

  3. Love the line from John Newman (played by Albert Finney): “I am a great sinner, but Christ is a great savior.”

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