Wednesday 16 December 2015

Mark Lowry's "Mary Did You Know?"

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.

Mark Lowry sat down in 1984 and composed words for the Living Christmas Tree at his church.  Little did he know that his words would become one of the most recorded modern Christmas songs, recorded by 400 artists

"I started thinking and wondering if Mary realized the power, authority and majesty that cradled in her arms that first Christmas.I wondered if she realized that those little hands were the same hands that scooped out oceans and formed rivers.  I just tried to put into words the unfathomable."

The result was Mary Did You Know?  However, it was seven more years before the words were put to music by Buddy Greene.  In 1991, Christian singer Michael English recorded the Christmas song.  Five years later it was recorded by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd.  Mark Lowry realized that the song had gotten away from him, though, when it was recorded by Natalie Cole and Donny Osmond.  My favourite version is sung by Rascal Flatts.  I cannot think of a song that captures Mary's thoughts better than this one. 

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