Playing constantly in my mind throughout the holiday season this year have been the words in a lullaby about the Mother Mary at the time Christ was born. I sang these words with my choir, The Wasatch Master Chorale, at our Christmas concerts.
“What e’er You do, the trials You pass through, Your mother’s love, like God’s above, will always be here,” are the words Mary sings to the Christ Child as written by Jared C. Brandley in his hymn, “Savior and Son.”
Brandley, of Roy, wrote those words for the Midland Farms Ward Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and copyrighted the material in 2006.
Brandley is a member of our choir and singing his work so near to him brought a meaning to me I didn’t expect.
Some women in our choir discussed the powerful words of the hymn when he wasn’t close by. They wondered out loud how a man could write so beautifully the feelings of a woman toward her very special baby.
I thought on this question a long time.
The answer I came up with was that he could write those words because he knew how he felt about his own mother and wife. He knew how it felt to feel of their love. He knew of the healing words he’d both heard and wanted to hear from them.
Brandley’s hymn goes on to talk about the mother’s future loneliness Mary understands for the first time as she has just given birth. She realizes how alone she’ll feel one day when her child leaves her side as she now embraces such complete, constant, and perfect love from her new-born baby.
He said he also understood parental love.
“As a father, I spent lots of time standing over my children’s cribs, looking down on them as they slept, my heart so full of love I could barely breathe, with tears in my eyes,” he said.
The composer said he thought of Mary’s feelings of reverence, awe, and love as they no-doubt overwhelmed her and how she would want to express those feelings in a gentle lullaby to Jesus, who is both her Savior and her son.
“What e’er I do, the trials I pass through, I know Your love, like God’s above, will always be here,” states the hymn. “Through tears and pain, sunshine and rain, Gethsemane, upon the tree, and when Your battle’s won, I’ll still be here, and You’ll still be near. I hope you know, I love You so, my Savior and Son.”
For me, the hymn is so wonderful because it explains both my own love for my sons and daughters as well as my need to feel my mother’s love. For me, and I’m sure many others, a mother’s love is unlike the love from any other.
These feelings and sentiments are well expressed in Proverbs 31:10, 25-30.
Those verses state:
“Who can find a virtuous woman? She is far more precious than jewels. …”
“Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.
Her sons rise up and call her blessed.
He husband also praises her:
Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.”
My hope is that we can all be blessed to feel the love of a virtuous woman at some point in our lives.
I also hope for all women the opportunity to achieve virtue in their lives as such a goal will increase the ability of these daughters of God to influence the world for good.
It’s ALL God, don’t you know?