John Newton’s Dying Thoughts

In the last few weeks of his life, John Newton, author of the famous old hymn “Amazing Grace,” became so weak that he had to stop preaching and eventually was confined to his bed. His friends said that he never feared age nor death.

To a close friend he wrote, “Through God’s grace I am perfectly well, yet labouring under a growing disorder for which there is no cure–old age. But I am glad for this disease, for who would live always in such a world as this.

Shortly before he died, he told visiting friends, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Saviour.”

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