Little Drummer Boy

Little Drummer Boy

By Pastor Patrick Badstibner

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  – Hebrews 1:3

God personified, Passionate Love Alive, The Glory of God to behold, came in lowly squalor not in royal robes to be served, but not to be served. All other gods demanded service not this one…He came to give.

“The Little Drummer Boy” (originally known as “Carol of the Drum”) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. It was recorded in 1955 by the Trapp Family Singers and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale.

In the lyrics the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the nativity where, without a gift for the infant Jesus, he played his drum with the Virgin Mary’s approval, remembering “I played my best for Him” and “He smiled at me.”

A few of the lyrics ring with deep truth as they offer truth about what we have to really offer this new born king, this baby born in humble settings in lowly standards. Few babies have had more humble beginnings. Imagine Mary changing  dirty diapers. The creator of the universe in a poopy diaper…now there’s a thought!

These lyrics seem to point that we are poor and have no real gift to bring that is fit for The Creator of the Universe.

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,

And maybe that is the point, the God of the universe experienced.  Possibly diaper rash, colic, a mom worried over him, food upsetting his stomach, crying out in hunger, with a wet diaper, the worry and crankiness of parents who have been up all night with a crying baby, shivering in the cold, fussing because he’s too hot. All so that those who had no ability to offer him anything, could.

In order that those who would not choose to worship Him might one day be able to give him their best in worship.

So that one day we could choose to ask, “Can I offer my gift to you”. as He smiles upon his chosen bride and God the father looks upon His children with adoring eyes.

Enabling those who could not…to be able to come to bow before Him and make most of Him. May we remember this season, He did not suffer humility so He could grant our Christmas wishes and lists, but so that we could offer to Him in worship the very talents He gave us and make the most of Him with them.

All so that we might indeed ask, “Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,  

On my drum?”

And know He’s smiling with the eyes of passionate love.    

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix



~ God bless you and yours ~

Pastor Pat lives in South Carolina with his wonderful wife Becky and has two grown daughters Jessica and Michaela. He retired as a nationally acclaimed award-winning landscape architect and landscape designer.

After a series of Job like trials that a pastor friend once said When people say they dont believe in Job, he replies, are YOU kidding me I know him personally.

Now he serves as the Executive Pastor of World Prayr which he considers to be his true calling to leadership..



World Prayr has chosen to be different, starting with teaching others that the pilgrimage all those who have been brought near to God are on is not one about our focusing on what we are doing, or focusing on our sin or anything we are not doing, but focusing on what Christ did in order for us to know transforming grace. We refer to this message as the gospel of grace. We then live this out as a ministry by serving others through counseling, prayer, and sound biblical teachings.

We also differ from most ministries in another key area, working to live out the message of Philippians 2:4 by aggressively promoting other ministries and churches. As a mission team, World Prayr is working to serve those who are disconnected to reconnect them, one soul at a time, to local bodies of believers.

We refer to our team as an “Ohana” made up of many nationalities spread across the globe and within the Protestant faith.

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One Reply to “Little Drummer Boy”

  1. good message – loved your singing at the podcast too! :_)

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