Mary’s Lullaby

 

1. Lullaby, lullaby, my little one.
Lullaby, my child so dear.
Thy precious life has just begun;
Thy mother holds thee near.
While Joseph watches through the night,
A star reflects thy radiant light.

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2. Thy gentle head shall wear a crown,
For thy Father is the King.
Thy tender hands, so tiny now,
Have blessings great to bring.
Let all creation join my song,
For peace and love this night are born.

Lullaby, lullaby, my little one.
Lullaby, my child so dear.

 

Mary is another amazing piece of the story of our Savior’s birth.  The scriptures don’t tell us a lot about her, but what we do know is a testimony that Heavenly Father knows what He’s doing as He places us in our roles on Earth.

From scriptural accounts, I imagine that Mary was more than just a good woman — that she was dedicated to her faith and knew in her heart that her beliefs and code of living were the real thing.  Mary lived what she believed and knew.

That’s why I think that what Mary was asked to sacrifice to fulfill her role would have been so difficult for her.  Everyone in her little town would have known her as being highly righteous or, if they weren’t so goodhearted, as the local “goodie-two-shoes.”  Like Joseph, I’m sure that she was committed to following the ideals of their betrothal with exactness.  To be asked to carry a child before the wedding was official would be asking her to face her friends and neighbors as if she and Joseph had sacrificed those ideals.  She would be facing ridicule and scorn that didn’t rightfully belong to her.

I have to wonder how she told her parents.  After all, every young woman at that time was hoping to become the mother of the Messiah.  Would they treat her as if she were creating a cover story, or did they believe, too?  I’m sure being able to travel to her cousin Elisabeth’s house was a welcome break from the stresses at home.

In the end, knowing that her social status would change, knowing that very few people would know and understand the truth, knowing that she would have the obligation to teach and train the Savior of the world, knowing that her son would not be hers to keep — she accepted her calling.  Later accounts in the scriptures hint at how deeply she loved her firstborn son.

May I, too, have the ability to accept whatever God asks of me with the humility and trust that Mary showed.

 

Here are a few more links that relate to today’s post:

Justin Reeves plays a beautiful arrangement of “Mary’s Lullaby”

An SATB choral arrangement of “Mary’s Lullaby” available free for non-commercial use