We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
American Digest reminded me - I had intended this hymn to bookend the Lenten season. This hymn/praise song was new to me recently, by John Newton (who wrote Amazing Grace). I felt it was powerful and tough.
Powerful. I had never heard these lyrics. A good lead-in to Lent, eh? I think I will play it frequently this year for that season. At about the 2:00 mark it was very much my experience first reading The Screwtape Letters as a young Christian. I avoid such confrontations now, to my shame.
Assistant Village Idiot
Thank you for this sir. I had never heard it. But it is so true, no?
I serve as an Interim Pastor in a church in Heber Springs, AR. Upon reading your original post on "I Asked The Lord That I Might Grow", I shared it with our choir leader & he led our choir in a great version of it on April 2. It is a beautiful song, thanks for calling it to our attention. And note that not only was Newton a slaver, he actually served as a slave for almost 3 years.
Great and powerful lyrics. However the song is much much too slooooow for me. Speed it up about two times. I found myself reading the lyrics and then going to get a cup of coffee while the song snail paced along.
I began listening to this moving hymn and recognized the melody immediately as the folk song The River is Wide No idea that it originated as hymn. One more reason I'm a devoted Maggie's Farm reader (and American Digest, too). Here's a link to the Kingston Trio singing The River is Wide
It is a powerful hymn and now I recall. First heard it during a Promise Keepers meet at Mile High in 1996 when Maranatha Praise band was covering most of the music. Again in October of 97’ during the Stand in the Gap event. What coach Bill McCartney started was a great thing for our Christian faith. But it has some how managed to lose the traction.
Something happened which has passed my realizations.
I think that’s where I first heard it anyway. Those two were the only PK events I ever attended.