‘Amazing Grace’ to my sons

I remember when my sons were very young I would rock them to sleep.  If you started following my blog recently, you may have missed my post ‘Rocking’ which I write about my compulsion of rocking.  This is a good activity to partake in when you have babies and young kids.

While rocking my sons I would always hum Amazing Grace.  I love the melody of this Christian hymn and honestly do not know all the words; this is the reason for humming it instead.  What made me pick this tune to hum to my sons?  I may have remembered it as a young child during my brief years of church going; I am not sure the real reason for humming this tune.

Wikipedia.org has the following information about the song ‘Amazing Grace’ –

“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807).

Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, but his life’s path was formed by a variety of twists and coincidences that were often put into motion by his recalcitrant insubordination. He was pressed (forced) into service in the Royal Navy, and after leaving the service, he became involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his vessel off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, so severely that he called out to God for mercy, a moment that marked his spiritual conversion.

I have yet to have a spiritual conversion and my spiritual believes may not abide by organized religion, but I still love the melody.  Maybe in my sub-conscience the words to this hymn were there and I was passing through my humming the meaning of those words to my sons.

One of the verses –

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.

My hope is when my sons grow older and I am gone; they never forget I hummed this song to them, for them, to comfort them, while rocking them to sleep.

My hope is when my sons grow older and I am gone; they never forget I hummed this song to them, for them, to comfort them, for a life of joy and peace.

18 thoughts on “‘Amazing Grace’ to my sons

    • I am glad you enjoyed this version. There are many versions out on YouTube and I had a difficult time deciding which to pick. I agree, this one is beautiful and I was moved by it – it brought the memories of me humming this hymn to my sons. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you day is a good one. 🙂

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  1. Oh.Your sons will NOT forget! BTW the version you posted is allsome. That being said, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know the words–the kids will just remember the time and the melody. Mine remember all the songs I tried to sing to them. Oh…speaking of melodies, I think one of the most beautiful melodies of all time is Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer”. I’ve loved that song since I was a kid! Great, great post!

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    • Thank you very much Catherine! This song and the times of humming it to my kids brings back good memories. I will check out the ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ you mentioned – I want to hear it! 🙂

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  2. One of my most favorite songs….and the Celtic Thunder rocked it…..thanks….I can not remember what I hummed as I rocked my son in and out of the womb..for my daughter sometimes it was Led Zeppelin..her favorite band to this day…LOL but my son nope can’t remember……love your post…

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