Amazing grace

‘To me…grace was given, to preach…the unfathomable riches of Christ.’ Ephesians 3:8

When John was eleven his father, a master seaman, groomed him for the British Navy. But John lacked discipline. Arrested for desertion, demoted and flogged, he scoffed at authority and mocked Christian crew members. One night he awoke and found his cabin filling with water; the ship’s side had collapsed. Normally that kind of damage sinks a vessel within minutes, but a buoyant cargo bought them extra time. John heard another sailor shout, ‘We’re all goners!’ and his life flashed before him. In that moment he repented and gave his heart to Christ, a prayer he might easily have forgotten, given the ship didn’t sink that night. Instead he remembered it long after he retired from the sea to – become a minister and writer of verse. Paul says, ‘…we have…forgiveness…according to the riches of His grace’ (Ephesians 1:7 NKJV). John Newton could join Paul in saying, ‘To me, the very least…grace was given, to preach…the unfathomable riches of Christ.’ Little stories tell big stories, and the big story here is the hymn Newton wrote symbolising his conversion to Christ. You’ve probably sung it once or twice. ‘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. Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come; ’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.’ The grace that saves us is ‘unfathomable.’ We’ll never understand it. That’s why the last verse of the hymn says, ‘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.’

I was almost killed in one of those riotous guild campaigns at the university…
My team was mauled by some team that makes me want-ta…
I signed up for the triathlon due this sunday at the Entebbe Sailing Club,
I could use the moral support….hint…hint…come and support me,
till next time,
easy does it 🙂


4 thoughts on “Amazing grace

  1. I’m still waiting for devotions written by YOU. I’m sure they would be tremendously insightful. You never know what sort of ministry you could begin.

    You could keep the UCB pace as a widget or as part of your blogroll.

    You should really consider writing your own thoughts. Read the passage on your own and from your own comprehensions and revelations, pen short devotions for visitors to your blog.

    Not that there is anything wrong with UCB. Certainly not. I just want to read something written by you for once.

  2. This is totally weird!!
    BUT “I’m still waiting for devotions written by YOU” – I was thinking the exact same thing!!
    triathlon…Whats that about? Nway, I hope you win – Is there a goat? or trophy? or just bragging rights?

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