“I see, I know, I cannot deny, that Jesus Christ is all-sufficient. He can, and does pity and help me, unworthy as I am.
And though I seldom enjoy a glimpse of sunshine, yet I am not wholly in the dark. My heart is vile, and even my prayers are sin.
I wish I could mourn more, but the Lord forbid I should sorrow as those that have no hope. He is able to save to the uttermost.
His blood speaks louder than all my evils. My soul is very sick, but my Physician is infallible.
He never turns out any as incurable, of whom He has once taken the charge. That would be equally to the dishonour of His skill and His compassion.
Had He been willing I should perish, He would not have wrought a miracle (for I account it no less) to save me from sinking into the great deep, when He first put it in my heart to cry to Him for mercy.
And, oh, what astonishing goodness has followed me from that day to this! Help me to praise Him.
And may He help you to proclaim the glory of His salvation, and to rejoice in it yourself.
I am affectionately your servant,
–John Newton, The Works of John Newton, Vol. 6 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 6: 180.