Thursday, December 21, 2017

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. 

One of my favorite songs is “Mary, Did You Know?” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene. There are over 400 recordings of the song, so if you don’t love the acapella performance by Pentatonix, head on over to YouTube and pick out another one. Peter Hollens does a beautiful version with himself as backup. 

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.

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.

What is YOUR favorite carol? 

Merry Christmas!

© 2017, Wendy Mathias.  All rights reserved.


  1. I like this song too! My favorite is O Holy Night :)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


    1. Oh yeah, that's a great one too! Merry Christmas out there in sunny Arizona!

  2. Pentatonix did some great Christmas songs!

  3. This is my favorite as well! Love Pentatonix too. Merry Christmas!

  4. Wow that gave me chills. Beautiful rendition and song. My favorite is Hark The Herald Angels Sing. Merry Christmas, Wendy. I've missed blogging my Family History for most of this year. Posted today a Family Christmas Story...gotta get back to my Georgia and Texas ancestors.

  5. Wendy, wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy 2018!

  6. It's interesting to learn the background to this song, Wendy. Pentatonix does a beautiful rendition, too. My favorite carol changes from year to year -- each year one seems to stand out stronger than the others and I hear it in my mind. Merry Christmas to you.

  7. They certainly do add extra sparkle to an absolutely awesome song! And you are right, Wendy, there are a kazillion versions of this piece--and for good reason. Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas!

  8. I'm glad to see you back - I've missed you! Have a wonderful holiday, Wendy!