The Little Drummer Boy

I saw the posted image in Facebook the other day.  I had to read it twice before my mind drew the correct image of what was being said.  Then I laughed, and immediately shared it with a couple of friends.  One didn’t get it until I started singing the song.  If they had gotten it on their own they wouldn’t have had to hear me sing, “Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum!”

“Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum! That line has become synonymous with the Christmas season as part of the beloved carol “The Little Drummer Boy.” The song is believed to have been written by Katherine K. Davis, and it was first recorded in 1951. The lyrics are in the first person, and the speaker is a little drummer boy at the manger scene who had nothing to give baby Jesus but his drum solo. The song is sweet, reverent, and imaginative, but, no, the little drummer boy is not in the Bible.”


This Christmas song was not one of my favorites, at all.  That is, until I heard a version of it by, “White Heart”.  I found the song dull and boring before, but not anymore.

A few days have gone by since that Facebook post, but then yesterday, as April and I were out running errands and a particular Christmas song came on the radio, it dawned on me, I haven’t paused yet to reflect the true meaning of Christmas.  I haven’t stopped long enough to prepare my heart to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Back to the little drummer boy; whether just a made up story or not, taking time to give Jesus what you have is a valuable lesson to reflect on.  He had nothing to give, but his talent of playing drums.  If it was true, I can see him standing there in perfect single formation, playing that drum with all of his heart!  Playing an anthem fit for a king, and in this case the King of Kings.

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2 thoughts on “The Little Drummer Boy

  1. Haha, cute meme. But I always loved that song. I have a hard time not getting choked up when I sing it, because I sing my best for Him, too, and while it may not be what the world would call great, I know He smiles at me.
    Mark, you need to listen to Selah’s version of the song. You will NOT find it boring! (They grew up on the mission field in Africa, and the African singing and drums in this arrangement are exquisite!)

    • Perhaps I wasn’t clear, but I do enjoy the song now after I heard the White Heart version. In full discloser, I cried a lot as I wrote and then read this post. Yes you are correct. The song is about giving Jesus our best. I once heard a horrible rendition of, “Amazing Grace” in church, and I said, “Oh my goodness, we have visitors today who will probably never come back after hearing that lady sing!” God immediately informed me that he doesn’t hear the voice, but the heart. I repented, and have never forgotten. I promise I will check out the version of the song you recommend. Thanks you, and Merry Christmas.

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