Did you know that probably the most well-known hymn “Amazing Grace” was actually written as a new year’s song?
Tony has the story of how Newton introduced this hymn on New Year’s Day 1773. In the article he includes a few quotes from Newton’s letters like this one:
“I hope this New Year will bring many new blessings to you. The Lord is good. He has delivered (past) — He does deliver (present) — He will deliver (future). Oh, what an Altar, Atonement, Temple, Priest! What a Sun and Shield! What a Savior and what a Shepherd have we!”
The new year afforded Newton the reminder to meditate on the grace of Christ.