Friday, November 21, 2008

Door Decorating with leaves for the Thanksgiving Season in Watercolor


5" x 7" orignial sold

Dear God, I am thankful for your grace, your divine influence upon our hearts and lives.

Eternal “Amazing Grace”


John Newton was at sea by the age of eleven. By age 18 he was forced to enlist on a British man-of-war. Recaptured after desertion, the disgraced sailor was exchanged to the crew of a slave ship bound for Africa.

Tribal chiefs would deliver to the Europeans stockades full of men and women, captured in raids and wars against other tribes. Buyers would select the finest specimens, which would be bartered for weapons, ammunition, metal, liquor, trinkets, and cloth. Then the captives would be loaded aboard, packed for sailing. They were chained below decks to prevent suicides, laid side by side to save space, row after row, one after another, until the vessel was laden with as many as 600 units of human cargo.

John Newton transported more than a few shiploads of the 6 million African slaves brought to the Americas in the 18th century.

It was a book he found on board--Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ--which sowed the seeds for him to know God. When a ship nearly foundered in a storm, he gave his life to Christ, turned from his ways…

…and wrote Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.


I pray that you will have a thankful heart, not just for the good things, but for a creator who loves us and wants to have a relationship with us personally, to help us through this confusing life and bring justice and peace to us into eternity.

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