Mary Kept These Things and Pondered Them

This post is especially for my wife, my daughters, and my women friends and readers.

“Today I am thinking of Mary.

“I am thinking about the unexpected pregnancy, the faith in an angel, the discomfort of traveling too many miles on dusty trails, while in labor, on the back of a donkey.

“I am thinking about no room at the inn, and no place to rest her travel-weary body…”

Thus begins Brooke B. in her article, “Good Mary,” which appeared one year ago in the Segullah web log.  Click here to read the reflections of a modern LDS woman upon perhaps the most remarkable woman of all time.

Although the Bible as we have it today does not contain references to Mary prior to the account of the Nativity, Book of Mormon prophets referred to Mary by name in prophecies of her vital mission centuries before the birth of Christ.  Describing her as “most beautiful and fair above all other virgins” and a “precious and chosen vessel,” they prophesied that Mary would bear the Son of God and was therefore blessed above all other women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the following video, the original soundtrack of the widely distributed LDS short film The Nativity is replaced with a performance of the popular Christmas ballad Breath of Heaven.  The resulting effect, while unusual, is quite pleasing and readily lends itself to thoughts of Mary, the mortal mother of the Savior of the world.  The words of the song appear further below.

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Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)

Chris Eaton & Amy Grant

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy Father you have come
And chosen me now
To carry your son

I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone
Be with me now
Be with me now

Chorus:
Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
Breath of heaven

Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of your plan
Help me be strong
Help me be
Help me

Chorus (Twice)

 

Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)

Chris Eaton & Amy Grant