Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace” was written by John Newton, a slave trader turned preacher who found God one night during a horrible storm that threatened to sink his ship and used his newfound faith to inspire others for the rest of his lifetime and many more thereafter.

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It is the most sung, most beloved hymn in the world and many would argue that it is the most famous song in history. “Amazing Grace” was sung by both sides of the Civil War. It rang through the air the day Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream. It was played when the Berlin Wall came down and heard throughout the world during the devastating events of 9/11. “Amazing Grace” echoed through the superdome when the Saints entered for the first time after Hurricane Katrina. And more recently it has been played during concerts to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy and to try to provide some comfort after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

In my last post I wrote about the irony between the origins of the name”Sandy” and the tragic events which share that name: Hurricane Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. After learning about the origins of the name and hearing the song “Amazing Grace” play again after the president’s speech regarding the most recent Sandy tragedy, I decided to set out on an endeavour to write a poem that could be sung to the tune of “Amazing Grace” because through it all, this is the one thing that gives us hope. John Newton’s song has touched so many as will the tragic events of Newtown, Connecticut. Yet another name is shared. Newton’s hymn will lend support to the people of Newtown because it speaks of a comfort which can be provided even in the most desperate of times.

If you or anyone you know enjoys singing, please submit a video/recording singing the below hymn in memory and support of those affected by Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook shooting. Please email submissions to me at: ksegar01@gmail.com and I will repost them to my blog. Children are encouraged to submit as well. Let’s give Sandy/Sandy Hook victims hope and faith during this time of desperation.

Sandy Grace

A hymn to be sung to the tune of “Amazing Grace.”

&& A poem dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting

By: Kelly Segar

Amazing Grace, how sweet it sounds,
The hymn that brings us hope.
Through times of trouble it’s been found
To show us how to cope.

What’s in a name, that which we call
A school or superstorm?
To be the one which hooks us all,
And causes us to mourn.

Sandy means something we can’t see:
“Defender of mankind.”
And though this soaks in irony,
There lies a gift behind.

It’s hard to notice the divine
When devastation reins.
Homes sunken in Atlantic brine
And tear-soaked cheeks of pained.

Forty little hands join in line,
Through heaven’s gate they run.
And six brave heroes watch them shine
As God’s embrace is won.

Though on us now hardship befalls,
We’ve also been relieved.
As acts of kindness break through walls,
We find strength to believe.

Amazing Grace, how sweet it sounds,
The hymn that brings us hope.
Through times of trouble it’s been found
To show us how to cope.

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*Through heaven’s gate they run*

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  1. Pingback: I Am What I Am (By the Grace of God) – John Newton Quotes | Faith

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