The year 2008 was the 100th Anniversary of the classic summer song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." (Take Me Out to the Ball Game) During the seventh inning stretch at baseball games the song is heard through stadiums across the country as fans join in singing this wonderful melody. It was written by Jack Norworth in 1908 who didn'tattend his first Major League baseball game until 1940. The lyrics were put to music by Albert Von Tilzer. It became an immediate hit.
That songs like "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" have an enduring quality about them should come as no surprise. Some of the songs we sing in worship have been around even longer. John Newton was the captain of a slave ship. His life was transformed, little by little, by the grace of Christ at workin his life. Though many do not know his name or the story of his life, we do know the words of the song John Newton penned in 1772, over 225 years ago.
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.
Amazing Grace has been sung by people from all types of musical ability in all kinds of locations. The sound of God's amazing grace calls out to each of us in a melody uniquely our own. Perhaps that is why this simple song means so much to so many.
Several weeks before John Newton died he said to a friend, My memory is nearly gone; but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior. The words of the song may be over 225 years old, but they capture the timeless truth of God's love for you and for me.
Have a great week!
April 21, 2008