Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What Grace is This!

This text from Christian Worship Supplement (CWS 715) is by Laurie F. Gauger, b. 1965.  A series of stanzas reflect different aspects of Christ's Passion and what it means for each individual Christian believer.  Yes, "God so loved the world...," but God also so loved...me!  What grace to love someone like me!  The tune WHAT GRACE, to which the text is wed in CWS, is by G. A. Hennig, b. 1966.

1.  What grace is this!
          My Lord and King
          Has set His face to suffering.
         My God eternal dies to bring
               Eternal life to me.

2.  What grace is this--
         That very God
          Would stoop to lift a cross of wood
          And walk a road of rock and blood,
               A sinner's road, for me.

3.  What grace is this!
          Though Lord of all,
          He yields to Pontius Pilate's law
          And lets the Roman hammers draw
               A rush of blood for me.

4.  What grace is this!
          Rude agonies!
          With common thieves He hangs and bleeds.
          The sinless Son bears each misdeed.
               He pays for all, for me.

5.  What grace is this! 
          Once wrapped in cloths
          And gently laid in manger trough,
          He's taken dead, from wretched cross
              And wrapped again for me.

6.  What grace is this?
          How can it be?
          He wears this raw humility
          To lift me to eternity.
               Such grace--sweet grace--for me.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We just sang this in our morning chapel service today here at Martin Luther College.