Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

How Sweet The Sound

October 8th, 2015

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found was blind but now I see.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.

John Newton

20151003_214322This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go to NYC Broadway to see the musical, Amazing Grace. A little backstory — my choir and I had the privilege of singing some of the songs with Josh Young two years ago before the show made it to Broadway. To see it there now, is so amazing!

Amazing Grace the musical is the true story of John Newton. This musical is about John, a “willful and musically talented” slave trader; Mary, his childhood sweetheart who never gives up on him; and the slaves with whom John and Mary come in contact with.

Amazing Grace will have you laughing, crying, screaming, and singing. 

Of course John and Mary’s romance was sweet, especially since Mary waited for 20151003_134923John as he turned his life around. The redemptive work that God did on John’s life is incredible to see.

The horror of watching what slaves had to endure will grip your heart.

But what I loved was seeing Mary display courage for standing up for what she believed to be right. Oh Mary was afraid. She was afraid of being caught and thrown into prison. She was standing against something her dearest friend stood for. But the slaves’ stories wounded her more and so she stood up for what she knew to be right.

Are we willing to take that stand for freedom despite the risks?



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Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old