Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mary, Did You Know?

One of the most poignant songs of Christmas is "Mary, Did You Know?" I heard it a couple of days ago and had to restrain myself from bawling...

Mary, did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered will soon deliver you
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little babyYou've kissed the face of God
Oh Mary, did you know?
The blind will see, The deaf will hear, The dead will live again...
The lame will leap, The dumb will speak the praises of the Lamb...
Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the Great I Am

Words by Mark Lowry, 1984
Music by Buddy Greene, six years later

It doesn't get much better than that! This is one of the few recently written Christmas songs that really has some "depth". I actually heard it for the first time on a Buddy Greene CD that I had purchased in order to find another song.

"He was a tiny thing, wrapped tightly in a long linen band and sleeping as soundly as any newborn baby. Sleeping - as though the world had not waited thousands of years for this moment. As soundly as though your life and my life and the life of everyone on earth were not wrapped up in His birth. As though from this moment on all the sin and sorrow of the world were not His problem.

Should you speak to His mother resting so quietly there? Should you ask her if you might touch the Baby - not to wake Him, but just to touch His hand? What a moment that would have been! To have reached out your own hand and touched the Son of God!"  -Ruth Bell Graham

Though Christ a thousand times
In Bethlehem be born,
If He's not born in thee
Thy soul is still forlorn.

from the German of ANGELUS SILESIUS

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in,
Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!
Phillips Brooks was asked by one of the children who attended the church school of Holy Trinity Church  in Boston to write them a special Christmas song. In one evening he wrote the simple but meaningful verses that tell of God's incredible gift to mankind. The song was written in 1868.

"You who are the Bright and Morning Star,
Come in radiant splendor
And flood each shadowed crevice of my little heart
Until the world shall know
I've touched a Star."
-Ruth Harms Calkin

1 comment:

  1. this is one of my favorites especiall when Mark Lowry sings it. I think it is because it is his and it comes from within and not like most songs that are sung because a singer likes the words or music. I have heard it by others but I like it best by Mark who is one of my favorites and the GVB.