Amazing Grace how sweet the sound. This song has softly played in the background of so many memories. Like a sweet childhood friend, the length of time between visits does not matter. When Amazing Grace shows up my love and fondness of her tender words only seem to grow. This song is interwoven into so many memories.
It was there in early childhood, on Sunday mornings, sitting on a hardened church pew with my great-grandmother. During my awkward adolescence, Amazing Grace wafted through a hand-held transistor radio in the backwoods of North Carolina. My sister Connie, best friend Darlene and I lounged under a huge oak tree hiding from the hot summer sun. Amazing Grace crackled through my transistor radio becoming a part of our childhood memories.
Amazing Grace was there playing during a church revival when I met my husband. It meant so much to us we named our youngest daughter Grace. The song also showed up as I sat graveside, staring blankly at his casket. It hovered above the spot where a piece of my heart was about to be laid to rest. Just when I didn’t think I could take another second, Amazing Grace was there. The soothing words were beautifully sung a capella through a sweet girl named Kelly. I breathed in that song. The words refreshed the stale air of my aching heart. They strengthened me in a way I still can not explain.
I have come to view the words of Amazing Grace more like a beacon of hope than just a song. A lyrical lighthouse that illuminates the way during dark stormy times. The song has shown up throughout my life. It has always been a subtle reminder that God is there. That I am not alone even when I was indifferent to God being there at all, He was still there.
In the good times and in the difficult moments, God and His amazing grace are there. God is with you too. Relish in the sweet comfort of that thought. God is there, with you. No matter where your there is.