The first verse is famous. It draws people in. A-ma-zing grace! how sweet the sound…
The second verse is familiar to the dedicated. It has a following (which means they can still keep their eyes closed) ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear…
The fourth verse is the crescendo. It leaves an impact; makes a statement; draws everyone back in. When we’ve been there ten thousand years…
But the third verse gets skipped. Sometimes they just don’t have time for the third verse. Sometimes it’s because the third verse isn’t well known. Maybe nobody’s comfortable with the third verse because they’ve never heard it sung. Maybe they didn’t even know it was there.
Most of us feel like this at one point or another.
“what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
We have to be OK if we are the third verse.
Because there’s still poetry in the third.
There’s still truth.
There’s still revelation.
There’s still beauty, honor, purpose.
3. Thro’ man-y dan-gers, toils and snares, I have al-read-y come; ‘Tis grace hath bro’t me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.