"Mary, Did You Know?" ~ the Story and the Song
This song was sang at church during the Christmas play last week (the 13th). And it really got me to thinking. Did Mary know? I mean, she knew who He was, but how much of what He would go on to do did she know?
Seeing as how this song was written by my favorite comedian, I decided to share the story behind it. :)
In 1984, while living in Houston, Mark Lowry was asked by his pastor to write the program for their living Christmas tree choir presentation. They always sang the traditional Christmas carols, so Mark's job was to write the bridges to connect them.
It was while he was working on the project that Mark considered what it would have been like to have been Jesus' mother.
Mark joined the Gaither Vocal Band in 1988. Two years later, Buddy Green, a songwriter and talented musican, also joined the band.
Deciding to share "Mary, Did You Know?" with Buddy, Mark wrote the following words at the top of the lyrics and gave them to him. "Buddy, here are some God-inspired words. Please add some beautiful music and make it a profitable hit."
Though Mark meant it as a joke, Green took the whole thing very seriously. After setting the lyrics aside for a few weeks, he set to work.
One day, after finishing this project, Buddy called Mark on the phone and began singing the song to him! Mark loved it and within a week they had put together a "jam box" demo to give to one of their favorite artists....
Looking at the world through his unique, God-given perspective led him to think of one of the world's most familiar stories in a new light. "Mary, Did You Know?" a song like no other Christmas carol
ever penned, written about a mother like no other, came from the hand of a man like no other.
***Wording in italics are direct excerpts from "Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas" by Ace Collins. Ordinary type is parts of the story in my own words. ***
Have you heard this song?
Do you like it?
Before reading this, did you know the story behind it?