Sunday, September 24, 2017

Christmas Devotion: Mary Did You Know

As a way of saying “Thank You” for your partnership and friendship, Heart of God International is sharing with you a Christmas Meditation based on a different Christmas Carol each morning from now until Christmas Day.  We pray you will be blessed as you enjoy a few minutes of reflection during this busy season of celebration and remembrance! God bless you this Christmas!

 

Mary, Just What Did You Know?

      

When I think of the Christmas story, I am overcome with amazement! As I consider the mother holding her newborn Son my mother’s heart can truly appreciate her love for her newborn. Then, however, my thoughts begin to race as I try to understand the mixture of emotions this particular mother must have felt. Who can truly understand what she felt?

What did she know? How much did she really know? What was she thinking? How could she dare to think this tiny babe in her arms would actually save the world from their sins? Yes, she knew better than anyone that she was a virgin, witnessed the angel, heard his voice speak to her of things too hard to comprehend. But, how could anyone take it all in?

 

The modern classic, “Mary Did You Know” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Green takes us deep into the chambers of a mother’s heart as “Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  

 

Here was this tiny Jesus; “a tender brow prepared for thorns, a tiny heart whose love will save us” held in the arms of a woman whose heart was pierced with the awesomeness of the innocent life she brought forth . . . “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”!  

  

Mary Did You Know

(Mark Lowry & Buddy Green)


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.
The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
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.

 

 

Luke tells us that Mary pondered all that happened in her heart. We don’t know exactly ‘what’ she pondered in her heart, but we know that something was stirring deep inside her. She knew the babe in her arms was divinely and supernaturally conceived. She knew the angelic pronouncements were rightfully exalting God for the advent of the promised Messiah. She knew there was good reason to be still and hide what she knew in her heart. Yet, deep within her spirit she was full of praise for the work of God she now held to her breast, wrapped in swaddling clothes.

 

Don’t let this season find you too busy to be like Mary. Keep all these things and ponder them in your heart. It’s all about reality-the reality of the mystery of Christ.  

Father, when I consider the Gift You gave through the life, death, and resurrection of Your Only Begotten Son, I cannot help but be overwhelmed with awe and praise for such a Great Gift. Lord, help me to focus on the Truth this season, not on the running to and fro, not on searching for the biggest gift, not on the parties, the decorations, the programs, etc. Father, teach me to be like Mary and keep my heart in quiet obedience by saying, “be it unto me according to thy word!” Amen!

 

 

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.”

(Isaiah 7:14)

 

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© Jan Ross

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Mark Lowry wrote the words in 1984 when his pastor asked him to write the program for the living Christmas tree choir presentation. The music was written by Buddy Greene. Michael English was the first recording artist to record and release ‘Mary, Did You Know?” on his debut album titled Michael English which was released on January 1, 1992. Country music artist Kathy Mattea recorded her version of the song in 1993 for her Christmas album “Good News”, thus giving the song its first widespread exposure to Country radio.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary,_Did_You_Know%3F) 

 

 

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