If I Had Been Mary

One of the first songs I ever wrote was for one of my Christmas musicals in the ’80s, the title was,  “If I Had Been Mary.”

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I’ve used it many times over the years, always performed by a teenage girl. The first time, it was sung by a 14-year-old girl, Debbie, who had been asked to play the part of Jesus’ expectant mother in the Christmas pageant.

She sang:

If I had been Mary would God have chosen me?

Would I have been the one?

For God looked down and chose a girl worthy to carry His Son.

It didn’t say she was pretty, or wore clothes of the best.

She didn’t have much money and talent wasn’t the test.

If I had been Mary would God have chosen me?

Would I have qualified?

What would He have found inside my heart?

Could I have even tried?

To leave friends and home, to travel so far.

Bethlehem wasn’t ideal.

Then to discover no room in the inn…

I wonder how I would feel.

Her faith was so real, oh how did she know

to trust so completely God’s voice?

Would I have been, as trusting back then?

Lord, would I’ve made the right choice?

If I had been Mary would God have chosen me?

Would I have been the one?

God looked down and chose a girl, worthy to carry His Son.”

 

Today, many of us overlook the teenage girl in the Bethlehem story for fear of taking the focus off Jesus. But, for a few minutes this season, think of the teen girls and boys in our lives today.

Think how we can tell them God used a teenager so many years ago—in spite of her youth—to change the world.

Wow,  Mary must have been some teenager. I doubt she was a YELLOW.

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