Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
Christmas all the time
I love the Christmas season and actually enjoy that it is being celebrated earlier and earlier. The secular world and retail stores have their own reasons for doing what they do but believers in Christ and utilize the time to share His gospel with an unsaved world. During the holidays all carols are played in stores and public squares and this includes the songs that tell of His miraculous birth. I love to stop and sing along and allow His presence to overwhelm me. My husband and I have come to consider one particular song as our favorite during the past few years and it is Mary Did you Know. I pull u the video and sing it all year long because there is power of His word within the lyrics and the music.
Did you know?
Mary did you Know was originally recorded by Christian singer Michael English in 1991 on his album titled Michael English. The lyrics were written by Mark Lowry who is most widely known for performing with the Gaither singers. The tune tho this beautiful song was penned by BuddyGreen. Over the decade's hundreds of artists have done their versions of Mary did you Know, but the most popular is the duet by the late Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd. This classic version brings tears to the eyes of those listening as they reflect on the birth and power of Christ. The song asks His mother if he knew that her baby boy would become the Lord of all creation, healing the blind, the lame, the deaf, etc. The lyrics ask if Mary knew that her baby boy would become the Great I AM? There have been critics who say Mary did know who her son would become. but I beg to differ. <ary knew what the angel said but once she gave birth she was a mother loving her child and Luke 18-19-21 tells us the family of Jesus had questions. Mary and his siblings were nearby one day as He preached and when told His family was there Jesus replied that his mother, brothers, and sisters are those who do the will of His father. Mark chapter 3:1-21 says that the friends of Jesus thought Him to be mad when he was casting out devils and healing the sick., which seems to suggest that he was not understood even by those closest to Him
The Gospel in song
Mary Did you know, like many other Christmas classics tells the gospel through song. It mentions Christ walking on water, (saving us through His death on the cross), calming the stormy sea, healing the sick, the lame, the blind, the deaf, the mute, and raising the dead.All of these miracles can be found within the pages of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would 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?
When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of GodMary, did you know? (Did you know?)
Mary, did you know?
Mary, did you know? (Mary, did you know?)
Mary, did you know? (Mary, did you know?)
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 would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is Heaven's perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you're holding is the great I am
The truth sets free
Much like Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Hark the Herald, and other Christmas classics, Mary did you know keeps the focus on the birth of Christ and the power of His resurrection. I grew up attending a church where we sang from the Baptist Hymnal and we would always sing all four stanzas of the Christmas carols.If you don't have a hymnal you can always look them up online. These songs bring comfort to those who trust in Him and await His second coming. There is no proof of when He was born but He came and reading, sharing, and singing His gospel is always in order. Merry Christmas (Happy more of Christ in Spanish). The truth of His gospel sets the captives free from sin. If you don't know what it's all about just ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you, and lead you and guide you in the rest of your journey. Mark Lowry once said regarding this beautiful song: "I just tried to put into words the unfathomable. I started thinking of the questions I would have for her if I were to sit down & have coffee with Mary. You know, "What was it like raising God?" "What did you know?" "What didn't you know?" His pondering a conversation with the mother of Christ has given the world something to remember.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2020:
This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I love the words and even the melody. I enjoyed reading this article, Cheryl.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on November 27, 2020:
That's great Margaret I know I would like to read them.
Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on November 27, 2020:
Cheryl, you have inspired me to repurpose and repost the dozens of evergreen Christmas songs and articles I have written over the years. Good read and thanks for the inspiration.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 27, 2020:
I love that song! Thanks for giving us some background information about it.