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December 19 – Mary’s Song (Breath of Heaven) (A Christmas Carol Advent)





Written by Chris Eaton, and performed by Amy Grant, this song first appeared on Amy Grant’s second Christmas album titled Home For Christmas released in 1992.  On a personal note, it ranks as one of my favorite “contemporary” Christmas songs.

Commentary & Analysis

This song is written from the perspective of Mary.  Mary was a young woman told by an angel that she would give birth to the Son of God.  She was a young woman who traveled many miles on foot and donkey to travel to Bethlehem to be counted for the census.  Although not based on the biblical account, this song is an interesting account of what it might have been like.  Starting with the question as to why she might have been the one chosen and moving on the fear that Mary must have felt being the mother of Christ to questioning whether she was the right person for the job, this songs reflects on the range of emotion which Mary may have gone through ultimately crying out for God to be with her.  Interestingly, the only thing the Bible tells us about Mary’s reaction was in her immediate response “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

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