12/23/2008

A CHRISTmas Song...

A while ago, I did some thinking on what makes a "Christmas song" a "Christmas song"...

I did this because, I don't think it's the lyrics. I mean, just because you put the word "Christmas" in a song, doesn't mean you've just written a Christmas song. Editor's Note: A perfect example of this is The 12 Days of Christmas, which almost made me puncture my own eardrums this year.

So, after searching for truth in a world of Christmas albums, I decided that the secret ingredient of all Christmas songs is sleigh bells. Seriously... They're in every Christmas song!

But there's one Christmas song that took me by surprise this year. No, it wasn't because of its mysterious lack of sleigh bells. It's because of its lyrics...

"Mary, Did You Know?" by Mark Lowry was performed by our Jr High band in our weekend services two weekends ago. I had heard the song before, but I had never actually paused to listen to the lyrics. But since I was working in the control room, I had to watch the screen while the lyrics were up.

Here's a video of Mark Lowry singing the song...

And here's the lyrics for while you watch...

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.


Here's the line that gets me every time:
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.


I hope that something makes you pause this Christmas. I hope that something grabs you and makes you reflect and won't let you go until you worship God. I hope that you're disturbed, disturbed in your natural environment to the point where your mind exits the normal and enters into the heavenly realm. I hope you're shaken (not stirred) enough to remember why you're braving the malls and crazy kiosk people to find the perfect gift.

Merry Christmas Eve Eve everybody...

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