‘Amazing Grace’ Beautiful Cover by Stephanie Madsen

Stephanie Madsen sings a soul-stirring cover of the ageless Christian hymn ‘Amazing Grace.’

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‘Amazing Grace’ was published in 1779, and its words were written in 1772 by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807). Newton wrote the words from personal experience, as he grew up without any particular religious belief.

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see

He joined the Royal Navy and, after some years, left it to become involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his vessel off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, so severely that he called out to God for mercy.

It was at this moment that he became a Christian, but he continued slave trading until 1754 or 1755, when he ended his seafaring altogether. He began studying Christian theology and later became an abolitionist.

‘Twas grace that taught
My heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did
That grace appear
The hour I first believed

The cross is the message of forgiveness and redemption, which are possible regardless of sins committed. ‘Amazing Grace’ is one of the most recognizable songs, and now, more than ever, the world needs redemption and the washing away of sins.

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