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The third verse of “Amazing Grace” says,
“Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.”
This hymn has been a comfort for many people during hard times. It became a Negro spiritual for slaves in early America. Soldiers in the Civil War also sang it. It was translated into Cherokee and later sung by them on the Trail of Tears.* Today, it is often sung at funerals.
As Psalm 23:4 says, God is with us “through the valley of the shadow of death.” Even though we struggle and suffer, we know God leads us home.
Listen to Jesus’ words in John 14:1-3, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (NIV)
But Jesus does not simply promise us comfort in the future. John 14:26 says he promised to send the Holy Spirit. The King James Version calls him “the Comforter.” Remember, God gives us so much more than just a clean slate. He leads and comforts us through life.
*”Amazing Grace,” Wikipedia, Last updated Sept 9, 2022, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_Grace
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