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Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 25 THOU DIDST LEAVE THY THRONE Emily E. S. Elliott, 1836–1897 I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10) This spiritually enriching text differs from the usual Christmas songs since it focuses not only on Jesus’ birth but also on His life on earth, His suffering and death, and the ultimate triumph of His second advent. This hymn was written by Emily Elliott to teach children the truths of the advent and nativity seasons. Emily’s life was filled with benevolent activities in rescue missions and in the work of the Sunday school movement of that time. Although she wrote this text for the children of her father’s church, St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Brighton, England, the easily understood wording, the poetic imagery, and the spiritual truths found in these excellent lines soon made the hymn a widespread favorite everywhere. The clear message of each verse is accentuated by the use of contrasting sentences, each beginning with the word “but.…