Mary, Did You Know? What Was It Like to Raise the Son of God? (Pentatonix)

 

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What was it like to raise the son of God?

Could Mary have had even a glimmer of understanding of all that being His mother would hold?

Each Christmas, I feature Pentatonix’s rendition of “Mary, Did You Know?” because it’s not only gorgeous, it’s also a fascinating question.

And thus, back by my own popular demand, here’s my Mary, Did You Know? Christmas post:


Mary, Did You Know

by Pentatonix

If this doesn’t start the Christmas season out right, I give up.

Pentatonix’s
“Mary, Did You Know?”
is, hands down
,
the best version ever.

(It’s so good, it demanded I use a bigger font to express its greatness.) 

I wouldn’t have imagined a comedian could write such a powerful song, but comedian Mark Lowry did it.

Mark wrote Mary, Did You Know? while imagining what questions he’d ask Mary if he were sitting down with her over a cup of coffee.

Until the first time I heard this song, I’d never thought to wonder what it was like to raise the Son of God.

I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me to wonder before. It’s a pretty obvious question.

I didn’t wonder before, but now I’m mesmerized by the thought. 

Just Imagine  

Could Mary have ever questioned that she’d given birth to the actual Son of God?

Not only did an angel come and give both Mary and Joseph the big news beforehand, BUT she knew better than anyone that Jesus’ birth was a miracle birth. She knew she’d never been with a man.

Just imagine what she and Jesus talked about as He grew up, particularly when it was just the two of them talking late into the night.

Think of all those questions we store up in our brain that we’re going to “ask God when I get to heaven.”

She didn’t have to wait. He was right there for thirty-three years. Imagine that.

Imagine all she came to know and understand before she even stepped into heaven.

She’d been told by Simeon that Jesus was appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and that a sword would pierce her soul, and yet, how could she really understand the crucifixion and resurrection before they happened?

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I Wonder

I wonder as He depended on her as a child, if she understood how much all of life depended on Him.

And as He grew, I wonder if she watched and waited in expectant anticipation for Him to save the world? What did she even think that would look like?

And I wonder how much He prepared her for the pain she’d face as her beloved Son — God’s Son — faced the cross.

What an honor and responsibility she carried as she carried the Creator of the universe and raised the Savior of the world.

What will you wonder as you listen to Pentatonix’s version of “Mary, Did You Know?”

Merry Christmas everyone.

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, has been born!



What would you ask Mary if you could sit with her over cup of coffee? Share in the comments.

And share this music video with your friends. They’ll thank you for it! (And I thank you now.)

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Silent Night Ye Merry Gentlemen – Let the Christmas Season Begin

Two Great Christmas Songs by Mannheim Steamroller: Silent Night & God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen via www.JeanWilund.comIt’s beginning to look and sound like Christmas. 

Friday we put up our Christmas tree, and last night Larry and I went to hear Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas tour.

Amazing.

By the way, Tom Sharpe, their drummer, stole the show. Brilliant musician and showman. He’s worth a Google.

It’s hard to pick a favorite song of theirs to share with you, so I didn’t.

I’m kicking off the season big by picking two songs. Crazy, right?

Enjoy Mannheim Steamrollers arrangements of  Silent Night and God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.

And be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post on-line to learn of a fascinating story about the carol Silent Night.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

This 16th-century carol still thrills the heart, especially the way Mannheim Steamroller performs it. Definitely my favorite version.

God Red Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ the Savior
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we had gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh tidings of comfort and joy!
From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name
Oh tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh tidings of comfort and joy!

Silent Night

Composed in 1818 by Franz Gruber to the lyrics by Joseph Mohr, it was performed for the first time on Christmas Eve https://espano..lis-generico/Silent Night remains one of the most popular carols in history:

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night,
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
radiant beams from thy holy face
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Last year I shared Silent Night by Sinead O’Connor. It included an incredible story of the night the song stopped World War II for a day.

No matter how many times I read this story, it still fascinates me. Check it out:

Click to listen to Silent Night, The Song That Stopped the War for a Day via www.JeanWilund.com

Share the Christmas Spirit and share these great songs with your friends. Thanks!

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Merry Christmas to You ~ The Nativity Story ~ Come and Worship (by Bebo Norman)

Click to view music video Come & Worship by Bebo Norman via www.JeanWilund.com

Therefore the Lord himself
will give you a sign:

The virgin will conceive
and give birth to a son,
and will call him
Immanuel.

~ Isaiah 7:14

~†~

Merry Christmas from my home to yours!

Please enjoy this music video of the nativity story as Bebo Norman sings “Come and Worship.”

It’s my Christmas gift to you.

~ Jean

Bless others this Christmas by sharing Bebo Norman’s beautiful Christmas carol “Come and Worship.” 

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Fun Friday – Do You Hear What I Hear? Say What? (Tim Hawkins)

Click to listen to the hilarious comedy of Tim Hawkins "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Say what??? via www.jeanwilund.com

I love Christmas carols.

Elf may be right. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

I belt out Christmas carols all season long.

I doubt Christmas cheer would spread, though, if I sang loud for all to hear. Maybe headaches? Earmuffs?

Regardless of how I sing, I at least know the words, or so I thought.

Christian comedian Tim Hawkins made me realize I’ve been missing something — something hilarious.

I hadn’t heard what Tim heard.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

As funny as Tim makes these lyrics, Noël Regney, the author of Do You Hear What I Hear? nailed it when he wrote:

The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light.
He will bring us goodness and light!

I remain amazed how God chose to save the world.

A child sleeping in the night.

Jesus brought us goodness and light and salvation from sin, making Christmas one of the two most joyous seasons of the year.

Easter, with His Resurrection, bookends Christmas and brings eternal joy.

We really should have Easter carols. 

Now go enjoy this Christmas season, belt out Christmas carols for all to hear and spread Christmas cheer! 

And while you’re spreading things, spread the laughter by sharing this post by email and on all your favorite social media. Thanks!

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What would you ask Jesus’ mother over a cup of coffee? ~ MARY, DID YOU KNOW? (by Pentatonix)

Click to view music video: Pentatonix sing "Mary, Did You Know?" It's the best version ever! And it will make you think! What would you ask Jesus' mother over a cup of coffee?

Mary, Did You Know by Pentatonix

If this doesn’t start the Christmas season out just right, then I give up.

Pentatonix’s
“Mary, Did You Know?”
is, hands down
,
the best version ever.

(It’s so good, it demanded I use a bigger font to express its greatness.) 

I wouldn’t have imagined a comedian could write such a powerful song, but comedian Mark Lowry did it.

Mark wrote Mary, Did You Know? when imagining what questions he’d ask Mary if he were sitting down with her over a cup of coffee.

Until the first time I heard this song, I’d never thought to wonder what it was like to raise the Son of God.

I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me to wonder. I’m sort of embarrassed by that.

I didn’t wonder before.

But now?

I’m mesmerized by the thought. 

Think about it. Could there really ever have been a chance that Mary questioned if she’d really given birth to the son of God?

Not only did an angel come and give both Mary and Joseph the big news beforehand, BUT she knew better than anyone that Jesus’ birth was a miracle birth. She knew she’d never been with a man.

I wonder what she and Jesus talked about as He grew up, particularly when it was just the two of them talking late into the night.

Think of all those questions we store up in our brain that we’re going to “ask God when I get to heaven.”

She didn’t have to wait. He was right there for thirty-three years. Imagine that.

Imagine all she came to know and understand before she even stepped into heaven.

She’d been told by Simeon that Jesus was appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and that a sword would pierce her soul, and yet, how could she really understand the crucifixion and resurrection before they happened?

I wonder.

I wonder as He depended on her as a child, if she understood how much all of life depended on Him.

I wonder as He grew, did she watch and wait in expectant anticipation for Him to save the world? What did she even think that would look like?

And I wonder how much He prepared her for the pain she’d face as her beloved Son — God’s Son — faced the cross.

What an honor and responsibility she carried as she carried the Creator of the universe and raised the Savior of the world.

What will you wonder as you listen to Pentatonix’s version of “Mary, Did You Know?”

Merry Christmas everyone.

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, has been born!


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Share the Christmas spirit and share this video with your friends. They’ll thank you for it! (And I thank you now.)

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A slightly different version of this article was originally posted in December 2014. Since Pentatonix’s version of “Mary, Did You Know?” is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs, I wanted to repost it. I didn’t think you’d mind. 




Hallelujah! It’s Christmas! (& A Memorable “Hallelujah Chorus” Food Court Flash Mob)

 

CLICK PHOTO to view music video: Hallelujah Chorus Food Court Flash Mob

CLICK PHOTO to view music video: Hallelujah Chorus Food Court Flash Mob

Few things rival Christmas surprises.

One year my dad and brother wove string throughout my sister’s and my room. So much string filled our room that we couldn’t even rise up in our beds.

Finally, we decided it was time for us to do some surprising of our own.

Payback is sweet!

My sister and I hid alarm clocks around the house, set to go off throughout Christmas morning. When our parents found an alarm clock, they had to follow the string which was tied to it to find another Christmas gift.

Another year, we woke our parents with the Hallelujah Chorus turned up to full blast.

I can only imagine the shock they felt being ripped out of their peaceful sleep by the Hallelujah Chorus booming in their room.

 It wasn’t our wisest surprise — giving our parents heart attacks would’ve ruined the day — but it was funny!

Our parents never expected the surprises we gave them.

These Christmas shoppers weren’t expecting the surprise they got either in the middle of the food court:

God had proclaimed to Adam and Eve that Christ would come, and He reminded His people of His Promise continually, but Christ’s arrival still came as a surprise. 

Christ is coming again in much the same way — when we least expect it.

This Christmas, don’t just celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ.

Make this the best Christmas yoh’be had by accepting Him as your Savior, following Him as your Lord, and looking forward to His return.

Merry Christmas!

______________________________

Enjoy — and share — all these other fabulous Christmas songs:

Click to view music video: "Baby Boy" by for KING & COUNTRY

Click to view music video: “Baby Boy” by for KING & COUNTRY

Click to view: The Twelve Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser

Click to view music video: The Twelve Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser

Click to View:  Sidewalk Prophets' "What a Glorious Night" featuring Charlie Brown's Linus.

Click to View music video: Sidewalk Prophets’ “What a Glorious Night” featuring Charlie Brown’s Linus.

Click to view Pentatonix sings "Mary, Did You Know?"

Click to view music video:  Pentatonix sings “Mary, Did You Know?”