Sunday, May 13, 2007

Unending Love...

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.

What a beautiful melody, with truly beautiful and meaningful lyrics! It is definitely one of my most favourite hymns of all time (call me weird but I really do love hymn singing as I was educated in a Christian school for 7 years).

Amazing Grace is a well-known Christian hymn. The original words were written c. 1772 by Englishman John Newton. He wrote this hymn after converting to Christianity in the village Kineton, Warwickshire, England. The hymn describes his feelings about the slave trade while on his ship, the Greyhound, in 1748. Several years later he abandoned the slave trade.

Newton's lyrics have become a favourite for Christians, largely beca- use the hymn vividly and briefly sums up the doctrine of divine grace. It has also become known as a favourite with supporters of freedom and human rights, both Christian and non-Christian, in part because many assume it to be his testimony about his slave trading past.

After listening to the Amazing Grace motion picture soundtrack, I was very impressed that a classic hymn could be modernised without losing it's impact and simplicity. It seems to me that Chris Tomlin does what many of the artists do with these hymns, and a little more. In addition to a different arrangement, he takes the risk of adding some new verses to a classic song, and pulls it off admirably.


jemmytee said...

What a beautiful rendition of a lovely melody. The movie looks a tad simplistic and Hollywoodish, but this hymn will outshine that.

At the same time, how sad that Christianity (and every other religion) once used God to justify slavery just as it (and they) now uses Him to justify condemnation of gay men and women all over the world. Too bad this hymn can't outshine that.

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about a boy said...

the song has helped me through a number of tough times. thanks for the post!