Norman Taflinger, 3rd Air Force, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, plays 'Amazing Grace' on his bagpipes after observing a three minute silence held at RAF Lakenheath in honor of those that lost their lives during the terrorist attack in New York and Washington D.C. The silence was observed all over the United Kingdom in which daily lives stopped to pay respect to those fallen in the recent tragedy. (United States Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant William Greer)

Amazing Grace
©Nancy L. Meek 2002

Come all ye citizens of the world, gather Ďround
As we pay our respects to those who have died
Whose souls have now risen to higher ground
Far beyond the stretch of Satanís stride

Though the path we walk on this earthen sod
May quiver and shake from his footfalls here
He has no power oíer the Children of God
For they belong to the One to Fear

Oh, hear the wail of the bagpipes filling the air
Trilling the song of those once lost
Who, by Godís grace, found solace rare
Learning the true meaning of the cross


Nothing in this world can touch those who believe
That Jesus died on the cross for them
Paid the price for our sins, lest we all should grieve
Suffering through eternity far away from Him

Those who twist the truth into a lie
Killing the innocent to promote their evil way
Will get their perfect reward by and by
For the Lord will judge them all one day

We, who now grieve for those gone before
Must embrace the power of His Amazing Grace
That it can walk their souls through Heavenís door
Crossing the floor to meet God face-to-face

If we should live ten thousand years
Suffering on this tear-filled path we trod
We'll walk knowing we can place all our fears
In the loving arms of Almighty God

Citizens the world over share in our pain
Knowing full well it could happen to them
United in prayer, there is so much to gain
For the sharing draws us closer to Him

German citizens march from Ramstein Village, Germany to Ramstein AB, Germany on Sep 14, 2001, as a show of support for the victims of the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sep 11, 2001, and those who mourn them. Immediately following the march, wreaths, flowers, and candles are laid at the base of the sign at the west gate of base. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. P.J. Farlin

There are those who will learn the hard way
That only in Love can true victory be found
By the Grace of God, some will see that day
When their souls set foot on that Higher Ground

No man is an island...each impacting another
Oh, that the sound of the Almighty Piperís call
Could reach the ears of every sister and brother
That His Amazing Grace could touch us All!


God, bless the victims
May they rest in eternal peace


Amazing Grace
(Original Lyrics)
By John Newton

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That sav'd 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 reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd 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 call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.


(The next stanza composed by Chris Tomlin)

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 next stanza composed by John P. Rees)

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 first begun.

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