Creative: Strengthen Your Spirit
Simple elegance. Courteous goodwill. Free and unmerited favor. That’s how you can define the word ‘grace’. It comes from a Latin word, gratus, meaning ‘pleasing, thankful’.
On June 26, 2015, President Barak Obama delivered the eulogy for the nine slain at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He carried the theme of grace throughout his presentation. He brought our country together in grace, to remember these nine persons of grace, whose lives will carry on forever in grace. Our nation needs all the grace we can get right now. Thank you, President Obama, for leading us in grace.
And for those who would like to know the history of this iconic song, the PBS NewsHour did a story on July 3, 2015. Judy Collins was part of the panel that discussed the history of “Amazing Grace” which by the way was written by a white slave trafficker from England, who found himself in a storm at sea in 1748, and fearing for his life, promised God that he would change his ways. John Newton survived the storm, and while his boat was in for repairs, wrote the poem that later became the famous song. He began studying theology around 1754 which brought him to the decision to give up slave trading altogether.
And for those who would like to hear a beautiful rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ by Judy Collins with the Harlem Boys Choir in 1993 in front of the U.S. Capitol with an introduction by E.G. Marshall who gives the story on John Newton, click here.
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