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John Newton: “Bodily Ills and Spiritual Health”
“I’d rather be rich and healthy
than poor and sick.”
And who wouldn’t. Yet, most of us never attain it. We all face physical limitations and bodily ills.
John Newton, author of the “Amazing Grace” song, wrote of his physical frailties and contrasted them with a more important healthy state.
John Newton: Bodily Ills And The Wonder Of God’s Protection
“I have been troubled of late with the rheumatism in my left arm. Mine is a sinful, vile body, and it is a mercy that any part of it is free from pain. It is virtually the seat and subject of all diseases.”
“But the Lord holds them (diseases) like wild beasts in a chain, under a strong restraint. Was that restraint taken off, they would rush upon their prey from every quarter, and seize upon every limb, member, joint, and nerve, at once.”
“Yet, though I am a sinner, and though my whole texture is so frail and exposed, I have enjoyed for a number of years an almost perfect exemption both from pain and sickness. This is wonderful indeed, even in my own eyes.”