Archive for December, 2009

The third and final song I want to share is the popular carol Little Drummer Boy. This simple song has a bit more depth than most people probably think about.

Little Drummer Boy, Katherine Davis

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
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.

The carol alludes to the story of the Magi from the second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. The Magi, wise men from the east, had travelled and brought 3 precious gifts to give to the newborn king foretold of by the prophecies – gold, frankincense, and myrrh (gold is obviously valuable to us today, frankincense and myrrh were valuable monetarily at the time, and have heavy symbolic meaning due to their role in anointing and embalming). Into this setting, the carol draws us in as one of the others who came, perhaps one of the shepherds. Confronted with the expensive gifts being given in worship, the “drummer boy” feels inadequate for he has no gift that he feels is fit to give a king. So he does the best he can, and plays music for the newborn Jesus. (more…)


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The second song is Jars of Clay’s Love Came Down at Christmas. It’s actually a poem by Christina Rosetti:

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine;
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.


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As Christmas approaches this week I want to share a few messages with you regarding the spirit of the season. To do this, I’d like to draw from a number of songs. Most of these you’ll know if you’re familiar with Christmas carols.

The first song is the old carol, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, which deals with an important topic which we way too often ignore. It’s easy to recognize once we get over the distraction of materialism and glitz in the Western world that we live in a world that is still darkened by war and genocide. A world in which hatred and violence seem to be prevalent, and evil appears to rule the day. The heart despairs over the horrible state of this world, and it becomes tempting to dismiss Christmas and dismiss God as some sort of fantasy. (more…)

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