THE INSECURE MUSICIAN & THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY | Grant Norsworthy
It’s January. Christmas is done for another Drummer Boy” to my attention as a kid growing not from scripture but unfolds alongside, and
year. Congratulations, you made it. I hope your up in Australia. Or maybe you’re not. Maybe intersects with, the Biblical Christmas account.
seasonal repertoire was well received and that I’m just showing my age! But I’m certain you’re you got to include your favorites. familiar with the song. Maybe you sang it just Near the end of the story, Aaron is part of the
last month! (If you’re interested in watching crowd that’s gathered at the stable in Bethlehem
the old “The Little Drummer Boy” Christmas around Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. Aaron
special, here’s a YouTube link. The song starts sees magnificent gifts being offered by others
at about 21 minutes 30 seconds in.) as expressions of worship to Jesus the Christ,
Do you have favorite Christmas songs? I do.
Hands down, my favorite Christmas song is
“The Little Drummer Boy.” It’s been special to
our newborn King. The three wisemen’s
me for as long as I can remember. But it’s only in Unlike the 1968 TV show “The Little Drummer gifts are perhaps the most impressive: gold,
recent years that I have realized why this quaint Boy,” the song has stood the test of time. It’s frankincense and myrrh.
little song goes so deep for me, why I connect remained very popular and I have no doubt so profoundly: It’s my favorite Christmas song it was included in many church services and But Aaron, a very poor boy, feels like he has
because it’s about an insecure musician. I can special events leading up to last Christmas nothing to offer. No gift suitable for the King.
relate. That’s me! and, I’m sure, will continue to do so for many The song shares a parallel narrative.
years to come.
Maybe you’re familiar with the old 1968
As I approach God, I can easily feel the same as
Christmas TV special with the same name— The TV show tells the story of a young boy Aaron. I see other people with gifts, talents and
with the jerky, stop-motion animation and a named Aaron who carries his prized and only abilities that are so much better than anything I
storyline that’s a bit weird and even a little possession—a drum with a pair of sticks— have. Just like the little drummer boy, I feel like I
creepy—that brought the song “The Little everywhere he goes. The fictional story is have nothing of comparable value to offer.
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