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Singer, songwriter, author, and humorist Mark Lowry is best known for penning the lyric to the Christmas classic “Mary Did You Know?” and singing baritone for the GRAMMY© Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band for many years. Lowry, who’s entertained audiences since he was 11 years old, has a unique gift of communicating profound Biblical truths through music and storytelling. His life’s work features a large catalog of diverse projects including many videos, books, and CDs.

This is my first Monday as a SEMI-retired gospel singer. And so far it’s going pretty good. I say “semi-retired” because I’m just dipping my toe into the retirement waters to see how it feels.

My goals or New Years resolution is this: just be. Be present. Be focused. Be kind. Hopefully the last ‘be’ is a given. I think I’m pretty kind. Most days it’s not an effort. But those other ‘be’s’ are an effort.

I’m going to spend a year just being. Wherever I am, I’ll be there, too. Not just physically. But mentally. I plan to cut down on the mental road trips. To realize I’m in the process of making memories I’ll need one day.
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This is my first Monday as a SEMI-retired gospel singer. And so far it’s going pretty good. I say “semi-retired” because I’m just dipping my toe into the retirement waters to see how it feels. 

My goals or New Years resolution is this: just be. Be present. Be focused. Be kind. Hopefully the last ‘be’ is a given. I think I’m pretty kind. Most days it’s not an effort. But those other ‘be’s’ are an effort. 

I’m going to spend a year just being. Wherever I am, I’ll be there, too. Not just physically. But mentally. I plan to cut down on the mental road trips. To realize I’m in the process of making memories I’ll need one day.

 

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Retirement is wonderful...sometimes I am so busy I wondered how I had got anything done while I was working. Besides bet you have a few songs in your head that need to be written. Go for it.

Hoping semi means , just not as much , But not completely out of the game . Enjoy your free time , you worked hard for it . I’ve enjoyed following you , your great at what you do . Have a Merry Christmas

Same age here as you Mark. I have a few more years of work ahead. I’m sure if you want to un-retire some day, Bill will take you back! Are you still going to do Mondays with Mark? God bless.

God bless you, Mark. Go with God, be with God, be listening, be aware, be alive, be you!

Be thankful to be able to dip your toe back into gospel singing. Retirement can be not only boring but lonely at times. Be thankful for both!

You will missed of course, but even the Lord rested!!! Now spend time with your dad and family!I catch up with just being...you!!

You will be a good candidate for a Gaither video with all of the other retirees

Enjoy, but we will miss you.

This is so well deserved. And a great mantra regardless for all. I have a sneaking suspicion you are going to make the most of this sabbatical and have some amazing unexpected experiences. Merry, merry Christmas!

Take a nap Mark,you’ll love it!

I’m pretty sure that you’ll enjoy retirement, Mark! I can see you thinking up a lot of new things to do. You certainly have used your God-given talent well! Please don’t forget about while it’s on the back burner.

You have given your life "giving" to us all. God bless as you take time to enjoy just being. My husband died this year after we were blessed with 53 years together. I have also faced major life changes and learning that each day is a gift from God. I ask God each morning "what do you have for me this day" I learned that from your talking to Gloria Gaither about life in the interruptions. God bless you as you travel this journey.

Don’t know if you will love “retirement/semi-retirement” because you seem to love what you do so much and of course we love you too... however, I was so ready for retirement and I love it - however, I sometimes wonder how I had the time to work... 😊

I hope things go great for you. I know you've been a blessing to everyone and still are. Always in my prayers.

Sounds like a good plan. Enjoy.

Love this you will still do great things Mark just at your own pace! You have impacted too many lives! And I know you will drive to impact more!!!

Oh yeah, this was right before my daughter called me a “hussy”!

Enjoy your time. You would like were we live. It is an island. Chincoteague island, va

Happy for you, but sure going to miss seeing and hearing you!!

Enjoy every moment of your semi-retirement. Just BE YOU! That’s the Mark we all love. ♥️ Merry Christmas!🎄 Looking forward to the new year and MWM!

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All the best Mark, as you prepare to begin a new & more restful chapter of your life. You are so deserving of this. Enjoy..."being" & I hope you'll let us know how you're doing from time to time. FYI: Yesterday morning at Church, our Pastor share with us how "Mary did you know" is his all time most favorite song! Not surprising, as it's become mine & thousands of others' as well. God Bless, Merry Christmas to you & your family & many Blessings for 2019.

I just did the same thing. It was great.

Best wishes on your retirement. I will howevermiss your singing, your teasingoverall your God given talent to be you. Just relax some, enjoy the scenery around you, smile all the time, sing when you want to and most importantly be true to you. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

If that bus happens to wander into Toledo....stop by for coffee!! <3

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I promise, Santa, I’ve been a good boy.

 

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Mark Santa knows you been a good and nice. Have your self a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love you

Santa just needs to turn that ‘look’ into a great big beautiful smile! Has he no idea who is sitting on his knee??? 🎄🎁🎅🏼

He sees you when you've been sleeping He knows when you're awake He knows when you're picking on Bill Gaither Sobe nice for goodness sake

Hey, what a brilliant idea, Mark...sitting on Santa's leg, until he agrees to give you everything on your list! I'm going to have to try this ..now I'm kinda glad I never lost that extra 30 lbs. I gained during last year's Christmas season! But if his leg should happen to break, do you think he could get workman's comp.? 🤔😀🎅

Santa looks skeptical...

Santa’s eyes tell us everything we need to know about this situation, Mark💚🎄❤️

Umm, Santa made a list and checked it twice. He knows all. Can't fool Santa! Have a Merry Christmas, Mark.

Mark you know Santa is watching you he watches every morning and every night so you better be good be nice not noddy because Santa Claus is coming to town have a merry Christmas Mark

I got to see you last week at the Gaither Concert in St Louis last week!!! The whole concert was such a blessing, but so happy that I finally got to see the writer of “Mary Did You Know” sing it in person!!! And I’ve followed your comedy for years!!! God bless you and all you do and the Gaithers also!!!

Riiight! I've got a bridge to sell you, too! Bwahaha!

Not sure Santa’s buying it, but we all know you’ve been a very good boy! I hope you have a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year!

Did someone later provide Santa with a leg brace for that leg? ;)

Mark I love you and appreciate your comedy and most of all your singing......but don't lie to Santa

Are you sure about that, Mark? Santa doesn't look so sure about that. Now, Mark you better make sure you've been good or Santa won't come to your house!

I hope you get everything you want for Christmas Mark! 🎅🏻🎄

I will put a good word in for you Mark. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

My favorite Goofball trying to fool Santa! Hahaha!! Not really, you should have a great Christmas!! You bless SOOOOO MANY of us!!! Merry Christmas, Love!!!

I bet he's heard that a lot through the years from you hasn't he!!💜

I don't think he believes you Mark!!

Hmmmm 🤣🤣🤣 we believe you Mark . REALLY we do. Well you've been GOOD at singing and GOOD at jokes. And I'm positive you've been a GOOD friend and a GOOD brother and a GOOD son. I think that's a whole lot of good.

Now, Mark, you know good and well Santa knows better than that. He's probably still got some things on you from when you were a kid and was giving your Mama fits.

Mark Lowry are you sure you’ve been good?

Bahaha! And you are crunching the poor mans leg!! :D #TeasinOfCourse #GREAT PicOfYouAnd Santa! l Every adult needs one!! <3

Don’t believe him Santa!!!

Bless your heart Mark 😂😂😂

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When the bus drops you off at home after a great weekend and your friends are all there with a surprise ‘welcome home’ breakfast.

 

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THEY KNOW HOW TO GET TO YOUR HEART,. FEED IT!!🤣😂😘 WONDERFUL FRIENDS TO HAVE ON THIS NEW JOURNEY IN YOUR LIFE. LOVE YA!! HUGS!!

You are loved for sure ♥️ The world loves you Mark and wishes you abundant blessings !

That is so sweet. God has made you so dear and special to people.

Hey Mark, since you are going to take a year off what is Stan going to do?

You are blessed! Everyone loves you Mark. Merry Christmas 🎁🎄

Wow that is sure nice

Thank you for sharing and God bless you!!!

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Very Sweet!!! Enjoy!

Lovely! 👍🎄

How nice........and it looks tasty too!!!

❤❤❤❤ Enjoy your day! Praying for you 🙏

Hey Mark, thanx for sharing the concert last night! N the grub looks yummy!

You are Loved❤️❤️

What sweet gesture! It is good to be so loved. Merry Christmas

How wonderful...you are blessed ‼️❤️🎶🎶🎶

Mark Lowry I wish you come up here where am at I love to meet you in person I love how you make people laugh love u mark

How great! You are blessed to have such good friends!

So sweet! What a wonderful surprise and wonderful friends!

That’s love!

We saw the concert at ORU, sure going to miss you. Enjoy your next chapter

We loved every minute of the Tupelo show last nite! And we were on the front row, center!! Best seats ever!!🕊🙏🏻🌟

You are blessed

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A legend looking at a legend.

 

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Elvis would tell you he was not a king, he was just a man. Elvis was a blessed man and knew God and God gave him his talent. Bill is a blessed man who knows God and God gave him his talent. What these two men have in common is they both know God, One is with him and the other is waiting.

Everytime I listen to Elvis sing "he touched me", I wonder how Bill Gaither felt. What a honor it must of been to have the most famous singer in the world do a cover of your gospel song

Tupelo, Mississippi.

Wouldn't Elvis be close to Mr. Gaither's age by now? I think Elvis passed in 1977 at 42 years old. Elvis was a talented music artist. By the way, Mr. Gaither looks great! What a wonderful ministry was born through Mr. & Mrs. Gaither's talents and the many artists that chose music and humor as a vehicle to share their love for the Lord. Merry Christmas to all of the Homecoming Family!

Love the photo. They both have been greatly blessed by God.

Loved me some Elvis, but the true king is coming!

I'm singing Mary did you know this morning with my church choir I'm doing it by honoring you Mark thank you for writing this great Christmas song and for singing it! God bless you!

This is a neat, neat photo. Like you said - one legend looking at another!

We think the Best Gospel artist in History was Elvis Presley ! www.trulightradioxm.org.za

No comparison! Love what Gaither has given us! Eternal blessings.💕🙏🏼🙏🏼

Same anointing. Never to be forgotten

Two of the very best!!

Both great guys💞

Very true. God gives us many Blessings in life....

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas

Love this picture - Thank you for not following the "rules" and sharing some of the Christmas Concert last night 😁 - Enjoy your break 🎶🎶🎶 Praying for you 🙏

My son sang Mary Did You Know at church a few weeks ago. You did a good job, Mark.

Elvis loved Gaither music, he listened to He Touched Me a lot. Elvis was a huge fan of those old gospel quartet’s

Mark, as I pray for you during your year 'off', I am asking God to make a new Bible 'something' come alive in you as you study His Word so the Lord can give you a new meaningful song to help minister or encourage others in the Lord as He sees fit.

Elvis recorded a song Bill wrote, but I don't know if they ever met.

The Tupelo show was great!

Good Morning! I enjoyed the parts of the concert you were able to share. Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day! 😊

Both left/leave their mark.

Did they ever get to sing together?

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After the Gaither Christmas Show. Q Phillips, me, Bill Gaither and Damar Noecker (my bus driver)

 

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My Favorite Goofball !!!! Lol!!!

Awesome! Wish I coulda been there! 🎄💜

Mark, thank you for sharing, speaking, making people laugh and cry. You have been an inspiration and encouragement to so many. We will miss you next year. I sure hope you will come back and do some Gaither shows.

It was fun watching the videos during the performance.

Nice picture. Happy friends.

What a great night this was! Thank you for including us in it. They’re going to miss you during this long year ahead, and so will we. Have a very merry Christmas with your family, and a wonderful year ahead.

Thank you mark for coming to Tupelo! I did not know until tonight that one of my mom's "bucket list"items was to see you perform Mary Did You Know live. She was so happy to check that off!!

Merry Christmas Mark Lowry enjoy your time off; get a lot or rest and don't forget to come back after your time of relaxation. Your many many fans will be anticipating your return with great excitement.

You all look great! Thanks so much for touring this Christmas, I really needed something to look forward to and this made me so happy. I felt like I had Christmas and it was wonderful! Also the stage was beautiful! Love seeing all of your vlogs!

Merry Christmas, Mark. May your joys be many & your troubles be few in 2019.

This picture makes my heart happy! MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you and yours and God keep on blessing!

From the UK I wish you all a great Xmas and most of all a healthy New Year!

Lord I ask for safe travel home for Mark Lowry tonight and give us a great nights sleep and lord I thank you for your wonderful love and for continuous healing for my uncle John and my friend Kim who's in the hospital tonight after a big surgery and is having a hard time during the healing process and For singing Mark Lowry"s song it's a special honor for my church choir we love you Jesus amen!

Great picture guys. God bless you and prayers for each of you.

Safe travels home - it’s been a great year - thank you!

Great photo. You look awesome!!

Bless you and your bus driver....I was at Liberty many moons ago when you were in the horrible bus accident....what a great day in chapel when everyone in the accident came on stage....stay safe!

Have a great Christ filled holiday. From Tupelo to Houston - be careful .

Enjoying seeing everyone, thank you mark for sharing.saw all of you in Louisville ky many years ago,best night of my life.

Nice pic! Praying for traveling mercies for you all!

Merry Christmas Mark! Thank you for being a blessing to others!

Oh, so that's who Q is. Hi Q. Great phot5

Thanks for sharing the show tonight. Love watching y'all. Merry Christmas to y'all!!!

Thank you Mark for coming to Tupelo!!! We always love seeing you! Tonight was a fantastic show!! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and enjoy your year off.

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