Merry Christmas!

I’m sitting on the couch while the kids are finishing up chores this Christmas Eve. There is a natural motivation to get the chores done tonight! They all want to get to bed asap…to help bring along Christmas morning.

In a few moments we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. The kids have been working on presents to Jesus. Wendy and I aren’t totally sure what they will bring. We have seen many pictures being drawn. We will be looking forward to what they want to bring to Jesus as their gifts.

This reminds me of my favorite Christmas song. Perhaps it is because I was a drummer as a boy, but I think the lyrics are incredible. Even when Audio Adrenaline sings it to hard rock, it brings tears to my eyes. The Little Drummer Boy is a profound song:

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?

The little drummer boy thought he had no gift to bring. He was just a little drummer boy. So, what did he play? He played what he was given. There was no judgment, no condemnation…just simple appreciation for the boy’s gift. Nothing but joy in displaying the gift that God gave him at the moment…

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.

Giving our talents to Jesus is a tradition my parents stirred in us when we were young. I remember playing my drum for Jesus. I was perhaps 10 years old. It was loud and clumsy, off beat. My mom cried when I played it. I see why today.

The kids are almost done with their chores…I have to go. Merry Christmas!

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.