It was today, in 1725 that John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace” and other hymns, was born in London. He spent the first part of his life serving on a naval ship and then working on a slave ship. It was the midst of a terrible storm that almost sunk the ship he was on that he converted to Christianity. In 1764 he became an Anglican minister and each week wrote a hymn to be sung to a familiar tune. The most famous of which became the popular hymn “Amazing Grace.” In 1787 Newton wrote Thoughts Upon the African Slave Trade to help William Wilberforce’s campaign to end the slave trade.
“If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer–His grace sufficient, His promises unchangeable.”