“Mary Did You Know” is the most modern of my three song choices. It was written in 1984 by Mark Lowry (a Christian comedian, singer, and songwriter) when he was asked by Jerry Falwell to “write the program for their next Living Christmas tree.”
He agreed and as he began writing the speaking parts he thought a lot about Mary and as he says:
“As my mind went back to the manger scene, I began to think about the power, authority and majesty she cradled in her arms. Those little lips were the same lips that had spoken worlds into existence. All of those things were contained in the young child lying quietly on her bosom.”
He then started to think about all the questions he would like to ask her if he could sit down with her, and those questions became his song.
It is a beautiful song, with lyrics that I think all of us have pondered at one time or another. But as Lowry’s mother said,”If anyone on earth knew for sure that Jesus was virgin born - Mary knew!”
The entire interview with Mark Lowry is fascinating to read, and I have included the link below should you wish to visit and read more.
I have also attached the Pentatonix version which I believe to be the most beautiful rendition of the song.
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“Story behind the song: ‘Mary did you know?’ The St. Augustine Record:staugustine.com. 28 Nov. 2014. web.
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