Mary, did you know?

I have quite a few friends with new babies this Christmas. Some are believers, some are not. But each one of them knows the feeling— because every mother on the planet knows the feeling— that is captured in this lyric: “The child that you delivered will soon deliver you.” I remember the first time I heard this song. My dear friend Donna Bullock, who was, for years, a member of our church, and went onto sing the lead in Ragtime on Broadway, was standing alone at the mike in front of the tree. And as she sang, and I held Remy in my arms— her 10-month old head still bandaged in gauze—I felt as if a throughline had been drawn straight from my mothering soul to the flashpoint of history. I wish she were here to sing it for you now. I hope Kathy Mattea will do.


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