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!
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.