How Beautiful the Mystery

Special thanks to my collaborator, David L. Ward, for this basic recording.

Read the story behind the song — “A Christmas Carol

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How beautiful the mystery:
Th’Eternal Word comes down
To live and love and die and rise,
To claim His victor’s crown.
Content we find Him cradled there
Amongst the filth and beasts.
Who would believe that He will be
Our guide from death to peace!

How beautiful the mystery:
Th’Eternal Word came down;
The Servant-King has set us free
To live for His renown.

By angry swords and dark decree
He’s driven from His land.
But still He humbly bows His head
To trust His Father’s hand.
The spotless Lamb lays down His life,
A curse upon a cross.
Then lives that He might guarantee
That no sheep will be lost.

How beautiful the mystery:
The Word shall come again
To raise His own to live with Him,
Set free from death and sin.
O! May our hearts grow ever fond
Of Mary’s precious boy:
Our Christ, our hope, our heart’s desire,
Our King and Sov’reign Joy!

By Eric Schumacher, David L. Ward, and Jeff Bourque.
© 2000, 2010 ThousandTongues.org. Administered by Thousand Tongues.

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