Mary did you know? The mystery of hope this Christmas

“Mary, Did You Know?” is a modern 20th century Christmas song. The lyrics are asking Mary if she knew the eventual significance and salvation her son, Jesus Christ, would have for mankind and the miracles He would perform.  In the Christmas tradition, this song celebrates the birth of Jesus as a gift from God.  This song has been covered by many artists from R&B, gospel, country and acapella.

Mary, Did You Know? Lyrics

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’ve kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know? 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

Oh, Mary, did you know?

Songwriter Mark Lowry, Music by Buddy Greene. Published by © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.,

The lyrics of “Mary, Did You Know?” stir our hearts with some of the deepest mysteries of Christmas.  For Christians, this is a mystery beyond our comprehension, though it stands at the centre of Christian faith. During the Christmas season, we ponder the mystery of God becoming human and marvel at the grace of God.

I would have to say that this is probably my favourite Christmas song.  There is something about the lyrics of this song that connects deeply within me.  When I think of Mary, a young woman called by God to do an extraordinary human task.  I am sure that like many of us who have given birth, she would have felt vulnerable and anxious, as well as full of wonder and amazement at the tiny human she held in her arms.  As Mary rocked her baby to sleep, night after night, did she wonder what it would all mean, how her child’s life would play out in all its detail?  This was just the beginning, and she could not know what the future held for her son Jesus.  Her story demonstrates though that she did have a strong faith and was open to possibilities (hope!). 

Like most years, 2022 has had its challenges for all of us.  While we don’t know what awaits us in the future, my wish for you this Christmas season is that you will be filled with the wonder of possibilities and hope for the future in the year ahead.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”

Agnes M. Pahro

OT (Australia)
Managing Director MCM
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