Amazing Grace

Mr. Gothard speaks to the Romanian delegation of mayorsOnly 15 minutes! The thought made my heart skip a beat. That was all the time that I had left to put together a piano arrangement for the delegation of mayors and leading educators from Romania! Just a short time earlier I received word that the delegation had made a special request to Mr. Gothard for me to play “Amazing Grace” at the next session. Now, here I was, running to the piano practice room to hammer out an arrangement in just a few minutes. I sat down and prayed … really hard.

“Lord,” I said, “My only purpose in playing is to glorify You. Somehow cause this to come together beautifully so that You would be honored.” The arrangement started coming together with the help of a timely tip from a talented pianist.

A testimony of God's Amazing GraceBefore playing, I shared briefly with this secular delegation how God’s amazing grace had transformed my life. Then the translator translated the words of the song into Romanian and I sat down to play.

It flowed beautifully. A friend commented afterwards that it was the best arrangement that they had ever heard me perform. One of the Romanian educators even had tears in her eyes as she listened to the gorgeous melody of John Newton’s classic hymn.

“Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.” Psalm 146:1-2

Impacted by music, a universal language


  1. James November 2, 2007 at 6:53 am #

    Robert, it’s hard to believe that my very brother is in such a position of repute. God’s grace truly is amazing.

  2. The whole family November 2, 2007 at 8:53 pm #

    We read your post, Robert, after family night. Even though it is almost 12:00 PM and we were tired after a long day of work, everyone energetically gathered around to hear your story! Praise the Lord for testimonies.

  3. Esther November 3, 2007 at 9:49 am #

    Praise the Lord for His direction! I can’t wait to hear the arrangement. Don’t forget it!

  4. Micaela November 4, 2007 at 12:27 pm #

    I know I said it before…blessings for that wonderful testimony of God.

  5. Donald November 4, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    Amazing Grace, Amazing story . . . Amazing that God would give us the gift of music to give in turn back to Him!

  6. Bethany C. November 9, 2007 at 10:45 pm #

    I’m so glad that God used the song to touch the hearts of the delegates. It was a miracle because there were so many walls, but, we serve a God of miracles. Our blessing is seeing God work through us. I’d sure like to hear the arrangement, too, considering………..:-)

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