“The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” 2 Corinthians 13:14
Last Sunday I was singing along with the opening hymn in church when the organist changed key and transitioned into the hymn Amazing Grace. I wasn’t prepared to hear this song, and elephant-size tears threatened to ruin my mascara and put a damper on worship. But I held it together and later explained to my friend Pat, “This was the last song Glen heard shortly before going to the hospice center. It will always be heart wrenching for me.”
Pastor Al called earlier in the day and asked if he could come to visit and bring communion. I said, “That would be appreciated as he’s going to hospice later today.” Pastor Al has a way of not dramatizing doing communion in the hospital by asking for soda crackers and any kind of juice to consecrate and share. He read scripture from the Bible, prayed, and then shared the cracker and cranberry juice with all surrounding Glen’s bed. Then we sang Amazing Grace—Pastor’s strong voice leading.
After re-reading the words to the song, I feet they weren’t appropriate to describe Glen—anything but lost or a wretch. But as prisoners of our sin, we must rely on God’s amazing grace to save us who are lost.
Lord, help us sing boldly the song Amazing Grace as we confess being a prisoner to sin. Amen.