Serenity Sunday: Mary Did You Know

Medical rooms have a mood about them. The mood of the room during my recent ultrasound was one of serenity. The Christmas music radio station added additional warmth to the atmosphere. I love Christmas music. I also love having a sonogram. I love being able to check in on my little human.

I love the version of you created by high frequency waves. I can use my imagination and experience the wonder and anticipation of holding you. I can only imagine when the ultrasound becomes ultra-real. And you’e in my world.

I remember when the ultrasound tech asked if we wanted to know the gender.

She asked if we were nervous.

Even though I responded yes, I had a peace of mind. I was sure about the gender of my unborn child. I was certain about you…

I rested back, lifted my shirt, lowered my mommy pants– revealing my big, radiant belly.

On went the gel and a sound wave later, there you were: head, shoulders, knees and toes. Eight ounces of pure joy dancing miraculously in my womb. I remember sneezing before she asked if we were ready for the gender reveal…

“You know what that is, don’t you?” the tech asked us as a little arrow began to focus in on the baby’s crotch.

I naively replied, What is it?”

And at that very moment, my husband stood to his feet in celebration of his own legacy. He looked at me regally and said, “Do you hear what’s playing?

Just as our child’s gender was being revealed, Mary Did You Know began to play on the radio.

The gratitude I felt instantly opened a channel allowing a redemptive love to flow through me. I felt humbled. I felt new. I felt myself hoping for your future. I felt my purpose shifting. I became filled with strength and dignity. I became filled with laughter. Filled with the sun…

Son, I know you will not walk on water, but I know you will do great things. My precious baby boy, I am not worried for you because I know the Lord has called you by name. Welcome to our family!



Clinnesha D. Sibley is an award-winning playwright and published poet/essayist. She is the Literary Arts Instructor at Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven, MS. For more information, please visit: 

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