As I pen these words to y’all, one of my favorite Christmas songs is playing in the background. The words of “Mary, Did You Know?” were penned by Mark Lowry, the music written by Buddy Greene. Throughout the song, Jesus’ mother is asked a myriad of somber questions t1hat never fail to grip me from the first searching query to the last.
“Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?”
“Did you know your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?”
“Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
“Did you know the child that you delivered has come to deliver you?”
I’m usually crying by the time Mary is asked about this baby who would give sight to the blind and calm raging storms but if not, the last probe never fails to leave me totally undone. “Mary, did you know the child you are holding is the Great I Am?”
It has begun. The shopping, the decorating, and the cooking that signals the Christmas season, but this divine birth—this is what it’s all about. I long to craft words that could help us grasp everything that is holy about this advent season and hold it tightly to our chests. You and I will have very few visits together here on the porch before the whirlwind season comes and goes and I long for us to embrace it on a deeper level than ever before.
Sometimes I wonder if our lives with Christ don’t follow much the same pattern as Mary’s. We receive the seed of Christ in our hearts and it is sweet, so incredibly sweet. In the beginning of our walk with Him, Jesus is our “safe” little miracle from God but we are mistaken to think we can capture that moment and camp there. Emmanuel must outgrow our little mangers just as He did his mother’s. Jesus was born a babe that Mary soothed and swaddled. He became Someone she couldn’t protect, manage, or control.
I believe God wants to bring us to a very similar place. I believe He longs for the life He places in us to grow up and be fully formed until we share His son with the world because we are powerless to do anything less.
Do you have a proactive plan for a more meaningful advent season? I’d love to hear it.