Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Breath of Heaven: ASL Interpretation for the Deaf

Among all of Amy Grant's Christian recordings, my favorite is the exquisite Chris Eaton composition Breath of Heaven, which has been covered although never surpassed by dozens of other vocalists, in my opinion. The song is written from the perspective of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

According to Scripture, Mary was a girl used by God who trusted His plan and remained obedient to Him throughout her life. She was neither a deity nor an object of worship, but she provides an example of faithful submission that we can emulate regardless of the nature of His calling to us. The same can be said of her husband, Joseph, who doesn't inspire the same historic fascination or creative intensity as Mary. As far as I can discern, the primary difference that distinguishes Mary from Joseph and explains the disparity in the attention each receives is the mystery of immaculate conception and the virgin birth.

The video below features one American Sign Language interpretation of Eaton's lyrics. My brother Richard is deaf since birth and enjoys "singing" with his hands in church. God is merciful.

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