We've all sung Amazing Grace in church. Many of you probably count it as the theme song for your spiritual walk. And we can all say without pausing to think that John Newton was the author of that powerful song.
But how many can say his wife's name? How many people know that she was down on her knees, begging God to bring the man she loved into His fold while John was sailing the seas, enslaving those of another color into a life of bondage? How many people really know the story behind Amazing Grace?
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But she wasn't naive. She knew she couldn't save him. Only God could. A day did not go by that she wasn't before the throne of God, praying for the man she loved.
And because of her faithful prayers and devotion to her Lord and faith, countless generations have thus been impacted.
If you read my Dancing, Dating and Waiting series, you know that the initial thrill of someone showing an interest in you is like a druggies' high. But in the back of your mind during the entire time is the niggling reminder we so often want to shove away and simply enjoy the endorphins of the moment.
Be wise. Be careful. Be prayerful.
It's so hard when you have a dream...and the other side doesn't meet the challenge of your faith. Interpretation: discouraging.
How many times do you think Mary Newton wanted to give up? Marry the guy her parents wanted for her? Stop praying, stop hoping and just get on with life? Probably more times than you and I can count.
I want to be a Mary Newton. She didn't pray for her future, that John would come to Christ and save her from spinsterhood. She prayed for him. That God would grab hold of his attention and devotion. If she was part of his plan, then she would rejoice. If she wasn't, she would still rejoice.
Maybe you have a situation in your life that needs prayer. Maybe you have a person you know that needs a faith that will stand through the storms of life and time. Mary prayed for years for John. But she never gave up.
I don't think she probably knew the impact her faithfulness would have on so many people. We may never know what our prayers are doing for those who need them most. But we should never give up.
My we walk in her footsteps. Sink to our knees. And rise a Mary Newton.