Amazing Grace

Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

I’ll admit it — most old hymns put me to sleep. But there’s one that almost always brings tears to my eyes.

Amazing Grace was written more than 200 years ago but somehow the lyrics remain as fresh today as when they were written. It’s been sung by everyone from gospel choirs to bluegrass quartets to punk rockers to polka bands. If you’ve ever doubted the power of God’s grace to transform lives, then you haven’t heard the story behind the song …