What Grace Is This!

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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.

Author: Laurie F. Gauger

Laurie Gauger has written and published hymns, devotions, religious curriculum materials, and hundreds of magazine articles. She has worked as an English and music teacher at Shoreland Lutheran High School (Somers, Wisconsin) and a curriculum writer and editor at Northwestern Publishing House (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). She currently serves Martin Luther College (New Ulm, Minnesota) as the campus writer/editor, producing two magazines, several newsletters, and various other publications. Her hymns have been published by Northwestern Publishing House, Concordia Publishing House, and Faith Alive. She can be reached at gaugerlf at mlc-wels.edu. Laurie Gauger Go to person page >



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