Monday, December 12, 2011

Blog Caroling - Mary, Did You Know?

Apparently there are many family historians who want to have a little fun, especially here at Christmastime.  So I’m joining footnoteMaven and others for a little Blog Caroling.  Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has expanded on this event by making it his Saturday Night Fun Challenge. 

One of my favorite songs is “Mary, Did You Know?” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.  Probably the most popular version is by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd, and that’s the one I have selected.  But if you prefer someone else like Reba McIntire, Rascal Flatts, Clay Aiken, David Archuleta, Kathy Matea, Donny Osmond, Jordin Sparks, or Neville Peter, head on over to YouTube.  Over 400 recordings have been made.

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 a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and 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.

The lyrics grew out of a monologue Mark Lowry wrote for his church Christmas play in 1984.  He wanted to put into words the very things we can’t understand about the birth of Jesus.  He began thinking of questions he would like to ask Mary if he could sit down and have coffee with her.  Lowry knew the words would become a song one day, but it took seven years before he found the right music.  Ironically, Buddy Greene came up with a winning tune in just 30 minutes.


  1. I didn't know you liked this song too! Sista...

  2. Wendy, that is indeed a powerful song, not only for Christmastime. I heard it before those 400+ versions were recorded, when two very talented local musicians sang it at a Christmas concert--made the hair stand up on the back of my neck, it was so intense!

    Looking forward to when you complete your Davis page...just in case we have some mutual ancestors!

  3. That is a BEAUTIFUL arrangement of a wonderful Christmas song! Thank you so much for stopping by on your Blog Caroling tour to check out my featured song today; I truly appreciate you. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  4. Very beautiful choice, Wendy. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.