Day Fourteen- Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”- Performed by Patrick Pascua and Sean Choo (on keys) with our Grace Bible Church Worship Team. Originally written by John Newton. Chorus lyrics written by Chris Tomlin.
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine
What can I say? This is my all-time favorite love song. This song is HEAVY on my heart (in a good way). This worship song humbles me and puts me in my place before the Lord. This song and performance is really dear to my heart.
In October 2008, I left Hawaii to follow God’s calling for me to be trained as a campus missionary in Manila, Philippines. It was one of the most intense three months of my entire life. So much things was weighing heavily upon my heart during this time frame that at times, it was overwhelming to the point of wanting to give up. And in the midst of one the lowest lows in life, my good friend Jessie sends me this vid via facebook. At the time I was by myself at Krispy Kreme and i watched the vid, and I full on began to tear up.
You see, I’ve had the privilege to disciple Patrick and Sean before I left for school, and to see them come this far in their walk with God really gave me the much needed encouragement to continue to move forward and not give up. God’s love for me at the moment was so overwhelming and unmistakable that tears began to flow from my eyes (right then and there in Krispy Kreme!). God really spoke to me that my labor in Him is not in vain and that I truly am making a difference in this world, and in the lives of those around me. To finally see the fruit beared from my life after six years volunteering in the ministry was the refreshing I needed and the confirmation to know that I am exactly where I need to be, and that is in the center of His will going into full-time ministry.
Two of the greatest things that I learned from God during the three months I was in the Philippines is this- Despite all of my shortcomings and all of my flaws, God still chose me according to His good plan and purpose; and that God’s grace is sufficient for me to move forward in His calling and purpose in my life. There is no way that I could work in this ministry and live this life without the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s love, His amazing grace, compels me to move forward and press on and to love others. My hope and prayer is that God’s love and His amazing grace would do the same in you too.