“The Little Drummer Boy” has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs. It doesn’t have the roaring crescendos of other songs. It doesn’t reach as many octaves. It is a simple song; very repetitive and without too many notes. But I still love it. Perhaps because of its simplicity in both the music and the message.
This song is a perfect, humble contrast to the message of consumerism and greed that can accompany the season. Instead of constantly wanting more, this song reminds us that what we have is plenty, and that we all have something to offer the Lord.
The little drummer boy does not wish for more. He does not hide the fact that he has little. He is not ashamed of his lack of gold, frankincense or myrrh. He asks simply, in the way only a child can, if he can play his drum for Christ. And he plays his very best for the Lord.
It isn’t so much the gift, but the manner in which it is given. For who among us has a gift that is worthy to give any king? Much less to give to the King of Kings! Most of us don’t have gold, fancy perfumes or expensive oils, lavish clothes, jewels, or an abundance of money. What, then, would we give to a king?
Jesus does not ask us to give Him riches beyond compare. he asks, instead, for us to give from our hearts. To give without reservation. To give of ourselves. To give our hearts to the Lord and to live our lives so that Christ is reflected through us. That is the gift the our King wants. He wants us to be Christ in the world. To help the poor, the hungry, the needy. To give, not just money or donations, but through our talents and gifts God has given us.
We may not be financially able to donate large sums of money, but there is still something we can give to the Lord. We can give of our time through volunteer work. We can sing in the choir or at least in the pews with all our hearts. We can take time out of our busy schedules for prayer, to read the Bible, to spend time with God. And then we can give back. A few pennies, a few dollars, a can of soup, whatever we are able. No gift is too small when given out of true love for Christ. And our King will smile on us as we give from our hearts in His name.
- The Little Drummer Boy – Retold (benbyrum.wordpress.com)
- Are you a drummer boy? (tnfetner.wordpress.com)
- Drummer Boy ~ Jen (fullofgraces.com)