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.