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Thank God For Bethlehem

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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!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11596

Author: Richard W. Adams

Born: 1952, Mis­souri. Adams grad­u­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mis­sou­ri, Co­lum­bia (BA 1974, cum laude, Phi Be­ta Kap­pa). Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Astonishing grace: A race so defiled
Title: Thank God For Bethlehem
Author: Richard W. Adams (2017)
Language: English
Notes: Inspired by "O Astonishing Grace" by Charles Wesley from "Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord," 1745
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.



LYONS, named for the French city Lyons, appeared with a reference to “Haydn” in volume 2 of William Gardiner’s (PHH 111) Sacred Melodies. However, the tune was never found in the works of Franz Joseph Haydn or those of his younger brother Johann Michael Haydn. Recent research revealed that the…

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