I was on facebook this morning and heard the most purely sung rendition of Amazing Grace by a girl who was maybe 8 years old. This is a song I have song my whole life. I sang it as a soloist, at my cousin Shelly’s wedding. I’ve sung it in my United Methodist Church my entire life. As I listened to the purity in which she sang it, I wondered if she truly understood it’s meaning. Don’t get me wrong, she sang it with passion. This girl has God’s light within her but as I listened again to the lyrics and sang along in my head, I realized for many of us who have been targets of domestic abuse, it is almost an anthem for us.
It was written by an atheist slave trader who later found salvation and literally is the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God.
The hardest thing God asks us to do, in my opinion, is forgive but in order to move forward from our abusive past, we have to and if Jesus could forgive those who hung them on the cross, then I can learn to forgive my abuser. There is no if, ands or buts…you don’t have to forget, but I don’t allow him to anger me with what he put me through. If I did that, I would be angry every day. And if God isn’t your answer to helping you through this, then you need to seek whatever will help you through. For me it was my faith in God.
The second part of that sentence is the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God. In my most desperate times, it was prayers and handing over my troubles to God and listening quietly for His answers that got me through. Your hungry soul can be delivered and saved and it can love and trust again. It takes work. I leaned on God. I asked for prayers from people I knew would pray. You need to do what works for you. This was my answer to forgiveness and rescue and healing.
Enjoy this version of Amazing grace. It is near perfect, she is passionate in her singing of this classic and does so grace and purity.