Dear John,

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!

I want to thank you for writing the hymn, Amazing Grace. It is a powerful message to all who hear it about our depravity and God’s love. The word “wretch” is not commonly used nowadays, unless one wants to sound particularly self-depreciating, and is acting out in false humility. Yet I find that it describes my condition before the Lord perfectly, and I often call myself this in prayer and my thoughts. It may be that the older one grows with the Lord, the more one realizes how utterly undeserving they are of God’s grace. In any case, it is getting to where I am astonished that He speaks to me at all.
I watched the movie Amazing Grace last night and was impressed with the influence you had on William Wilberforce. Who knows- if you had not followed God as closely as you did, he might not have had the faith to be the Daniel of his day, standing alone for what is right. I’m grateful for heroes like you (although that is the last thing you would call yourself). People like you give this grace-filled life such meaning.

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

One Reply to “Dear John,”

  1. This was a neat peek into your heart. 🙂 What a great reminder. I think of this sometimes too-not enough.

    The soup swap sound delic!! I wish I could join you. This is the time of year I can get the fam to eat soup. I love it! 🙂

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