After Mary’s angelic visit, to then Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, there’s this great prayer in Luke 1, which is an overflow of Mary’s heart. It’s so poetic, with flavours of God’s justice from Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel, and possibly a nod to David’s wonderment at God from Psalm 8? Mary’s words are a celebration of the ever-faithful God throughout the ages and Mary declares these words with a knowingness that she was going to give birth to the greatest gift.
But this humble teenager’s journey was far from straightforward. The journey to Bethlehem, the birth in what would probably be our equivalent to a garage (not the converted kind). Then there’s the escape to Egypt, just to evade Herod’s death grip on Jesus. I’m sure it must have been traumatic, yet somehow Mary remained obedient to God throughout it all.
“It made me wonder…these words that Mary riffed off during her pregnancy in Luke 1, was it a one-time deal or did she speak them at other moments too? Like at Jesus’ birth? Or her escape from Herod? Could she have pondered those words in her heart as they landed safely in Egypt? And as Mary reflected on her journey – did she continue to speak them out? Or further still, sing them?”
This Christmas – Dai takes a back seat as his wife Cath ‘epic lungs’ Woolridge takes on the role of Mary. In fact, this video’s a big team effort. From Matt Richley who wrote Mary’s song, to producer Abigail Orr, then Joe and Andy of 2v Studios. Spoken-Truth has also teamed up with Bible Society and Elevation to bring this free resource to as many as possible.
This is the Christmas journey in a 21st century setting. This is both a song and a story.