“I may express all my complaints in one short sentence: I am a poor creature.
And all my hopes and comforts may be summed up as briefly by saying: I have a rich and gracious Saviour.
Full as I am in myself of inconsistencies and conflicts, I have in Him a measure of peace.
He found me in a waste howling wilderness. He redeemed me from the house of misery and bondage.
And though I have been ungrateful and perverse, He has not yet forsaken me. I trust He never will.
‘Unsustained by Thee I fall.’ But He is able to hold even me up: to pity, to support, and to supply me to the end of life.
How suitable a Saviour! He is made all things to those who have nothing, and He is engaged to help those who can do nothing.”
–John Newton, The Aged Pilgrim’s Thoughts Over Sin and the Grave, Illustrated in a Series of Letters to Walter Taylor, Never Before Published, by the Rev. John Newton (London: Baker and Fletcher, 2nd Ed., 1825), 6.