11596. Thank God For Bethlehem

1 Astonishing grace: A race so defiled,
So buried in sin, can be reconciled!
For God all is possible, no cause too high;
See Wisdom and Love to His creatures draw nigh.

2 The Spirit of God contends with our will,
Our obstinate pride, yet Love sought us still;
He stooped down from Heaven, assumed flesh and bone,
Laid hold of our nature, and joined to His own.

3 Immanuel came down, the world to redeem,
Our God in the flesh, the Savior supreme;
Our sins to forgive and our souls wash in blood,
So man may again be united to God!

4 O glorious hope, to see face to face;
Sing Bethlehem’s praise, hosannas to grace!
Such love beyond measure, what mercy so mild,
O wonder of wonders, that God was a child!

Text Information
First Line: Astonishing grace: A race so defiled
Title: Thank God For Bethlehem
Author: Richard W. Adams (2017)
Language: English
Copyright: © 2017 Richard W. Adams These lyrics may be freely reproduced or published for Christian worship or devotions, provided they are not altered, & this notice is on each copy. All other rights reserved.
Notes: Inspired by "O Astonishing Grace" by Charles Wesley from "Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord," 1745
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): Johann Michael Haydn, 1737-1806
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

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