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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Michael Magnia

“Truly I say to you, unless you be changed, and become as little children…” Matthew 18.3

A Word of Hope

For as far back as I can remember the Little Drummer Boy has been my favorite Christmas song. As I child I was fascinated that I could mimic the sound of a drum by simply repeating the words “pa rumpa pum pum, rumpa pum pum” over, and over, and over, and over again!

My mother was most relieved when I finally l learned the rest of the words.

It was about that same time that I decided that this song had to be based “on a real boy.” How else could such a powerful story come to be if it were not real? And just as I had learned the “truth” about Santa Claus, I learned the “truth” about the little drummer boy.

Childhood innocence aside, the song remains a personal favorite because of it’s simple message.

Some might say that it recalls a time when Christmas was more about Jesus…and less about the gifts. Others might say that it is stark reminder of how our Savior was born into poverty and how we should treat the poor just a little bit better.

For me…the song reminds me of my own journey of faith. Like so many others, I went from being an avid believer, to an agnostic, and later…if only briefly…an atheist. I came full circle when I found my way to the Cathedral of Hope.

And while age and wisdom have given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ, this simple song reminds me that I must never forget the faith of my childhood.

It was in that space of innocence, that the story of a baby born in a manager and the song of a poor little drummer boy seared a memory into my heart.

I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

May every “pa rumpa pum pum” transform me into the child of yesterday, where I am made whole by the smile a little baby Jesus.

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