If, through the last post, you see how God’s grace has blessed my life, perhaps you also understand, especially during this Christmas season, how God’s greatest gift to all was an amazing grace.
The Father of the Universe chose to lower himself to a human realm of consciousness and suffer within it, so that all could understand the greatest example of grace and love that the world has ever experienced. I am not a doctrinaire Christian. I believe in the Father and the Son, but I also believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to connect each to every other. The Holy Spirit transcends the dogma of any particular religion. As the song in my last post shows, Native Americans have become one with the Father through their spiritual beliefs. The Holy Spirit reaches all and makes all, one.
I hope that you will celebrate Christmas by listening to the following history of the song, “Amazing Grace.” The song transcends the perils of any particular race. Listen carefully when the singer sings as if he were a slave in the belly of a slaveship who can express himself only through a mesmerizing groan or deep hum.
When my second husband had a major stroke and died at age 60 a few days later, most of his brain had been damaged, but the core of it remained conscious for 12 hours. In our last conscious encounter, at 2 a.m., I told him that I loved him and he groaned – the first sound he had been able to mutter. I knew that he was making a tremendous effort just to utter such a heartwrenchingly gutteral groan to tell me he loved me, too. I told him that I knew he loved me so that he would know I knew what he was “saying.” When our daughter entered his hospital room, immediately after me, she told her father that she loved him, and he, again, groaned in order to respond to her love, in the only way that he could respond. We were not to be with our husband and father again while he had any consciousness remaining, but those final, urgent groans meant everything to us because the groans were not just groans, they were our connection to one another in love.
The universal groan in the singer’s voice when he sings “Amazing Grace” is an everlasting soul sound. It is deep within all people, and it reminds us that the language of God is beyond words. It reminds us that God died for us, His lost world, on a rugged and humiliating cross, in order to bring us back to life, by demonstrating for us the depths of, and the importance of, love – above all.
“And the greatest of these is love.” I Cor. 13