Publisher: dwinger Volume No. 4 Issue No 4 Date Jan. 26, 05
“How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”
Do you have a favorite song, one that has a special meaning to you? Amazing Grace is one of those songs for me. I can remember on Wednesday nights at the Church of Christ there was a young boy who would get up and lead this song. I would nearly always choke up at the end of the 1st verse when the song says, “Was blind but now I see.” You see this young man was visually handicapped and couldn’t see very well at all. I couldn’t help but think how well this song fit him, and certainly one day he would be able to see.
Physical blindness is not the only kind of seeing problem we can have. Our eyes also need to be opened to the spiritual reality around us.
A couple of weeks ago at Nitro the kids divided up in groups and went to visit an elderly widow or widower. They met with this person for about thirty minutes or so and learned a little about their lives. They also sang a song. When the kids came back together they each had an opportunity to share with the group something God had shown them. I sat and listened with joy as the teens came forward one by one to tell how much they enjoyed the time they spent visiting with these older people.
Reid got up and began to describe his experience. He is a very affable young man and likes to have fun. As he began to speak at first he was trying to be funny, but all of a sudden seriousness came over him and he related how much the older man impressed him. Then Reid started to talk about he song that this man had requested they sing. It was Amazing Grace. Reid said he didn’t realize how many verses there were to that song, but he also told about how he came to understand what the song was talking about as they sang it. He told about the verse that 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’ve first begun.” Reid told the group how he realized the song was talking about when we are in heaven together.
Reid had an epiphany.
His dad got to experience “Amazing Grace.”