This Christian hymn was written in 1772 by John Newton and speaks to the joy and peace of a soul uplifted from despair to salvation through the gift of grace.
This collaboration combining traditions from the West and the East further expands the intention of Transitions in Grace and the universal themes of grief and resources to support loss and times of transition, including the end of life transition.
This track is sung by Norma Jean and accompanied by a Harmonium (also known as Indian melodeon or reed organ) played by Kirtan artist and multi-instrumentalist, Julia Dvorak.
This album is for everyone and in remembrance of our loved ones..
Joseph Terence Attridge
Miriam Harrison Belenky
Susan Sarles Brody
Oliver Hess: father, artist, friend
Kerry’s Angel Baby
Robin Siegel Roffman
Florence Siegel Lotker
Carol Siegel Lotker
Juanita F. Machado
Therese McArdle Ellie & Tom McArdle
Kim "Lovemuffin" O'Neill
Claire & Vincent Pierce, Margaret Pierce
Mary and Bob Rita
Jackie & Manny Schweitzer
Ethan A. Smith, Jr.
Susie, Jared, Miles and Rachel
Patricia Riley Sweeney
Viola Johnson Vosburg
Rosemary O'Brien Williams
Zeus, Ione, Carole, Mike, Nate, and Tana
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.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be, As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below, Will be forever mine.
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’d first begun.
Amazing grace, 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
Was blind, but now I see
from Transitions in Grace,
released February 24, 2022
Vocals by Norma Jean Belenky
Harmonium by Julia Dvorak
Norma Jean is a singer songwriter who lives Bali and writes original songs about love, and the beauty of life, looking out onto the rice fields.
She also draws daily cartoons @normajeanlovesdoodles on Instagram, and writes poetry.