A spiritual moment broke out at one of President Trump’s political rallies on Monday. The crowd broke out in spontaneous singing of the well-known hymn “Amazing Grace.”
It happened while the president was speaking, a woman collapsed and needed medical attention. Trump paused his rally speech for almost five minutes after he asked the audience to say a prayer for the women.
President Trump said while pointing to the woman, “Is there a doctor in the house, please? Doctor? Please. Thank you.”
Emergency workers quickly made their way to the woman and gave her medical treatment, and the crowd of thousands broke out into the well known song.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
“That saved a wretch like me.
“I once was lost but now am found.
“Was blind, but now I see.”
President Trump said after the singing was over, “That was beautiful.” He resumed his place behind the podium and commented, “Hopefully she’ll be OK.”
The well known hymn sung by the crowd has been recorded more than 6,600 times according to some reports. Amazing Grace was written in 1779 by John Newton. He was an English poet and clergyman who died in 1807. Newton, as a young man, deserted the English Navy, was recaptured and punished and became involved in slave trading. He later had a spiritual awakening during a storm at sea before becoming a prolific hymn composer.
Amazing Grace, two centuries later, is a staple song sung in churches and memorial events around the country. It was sung in services that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing and the attack that killed 32 students at Virginia Tech.
The verses to this beloved hymn offer comfort, protection and promise.
Medical emergencies are common at presidential rallies because security requires attendees to be in place for hours ahead of time.