Thought For The Day 12/18/13


Carol Of The Drum

Post # 1006




Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Norman W. Brooks
“Let Every Day Be Christmas”


I was listening to Christmas songs on the radio yesterday when one of my all-time favorites began playing. It was a version recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale in 1958, and it was the one I always called “The Little Drummer Boy”. The one I heard was a version of a song was first recorded in 1941 as “Carol of the Drum”, by Katherine Kennicott Davis. The song was loosely based on a Czechoslovakian carol. Recorded again and again over the years, perhaps my favorite version these days was recorded by the Ray Conniff Singers and was recorded as part of a medley in 1962.


Now in case you do not know this classic, it is a tale of a poor boy who was called by the Magi as they followed the star to the manger where the Christ child lay. The boy knew he was seeing the King of Kings, and he wanted to honor the babe with a gift, but was too poor to give Him something tangible. And so, with Mary’s permission, he came near and played  a song for Him…..playing his finest rendition, as a matter of fact, on his tiny drum. 


I believe that the reason this song resonates with such power, is that it speaks of gifts in their purest and most perfect sense. Firstly, the Gift of Himself that He gave to man in the form of that tiny baby born pure and without sin, all those many years ago. And secondly, the Gift that He asks of us in return, which is the gift of ourselves, returned to Him. We read this in  Acts 17:24-27 NIV, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” And it is this second gift that is demonstrated for all the world to see, in the simple, uncomplicated gift, that the poor boy in this song gives to the Christ Child! You see, he gives Jesus the gift of LOVE!


Love was, is, and always will be the greatest gift we can ever give another. Were we not told this in 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”? And it is this LOVE that resonates throughout each perfect phrase in this, my very favorite Christmas Carol  of all time!



recorded by the Ray Conniff Singers, 1962

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. 

Baby Jesus, pa rum pum pum pum 
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum 
I have no gifts to bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
That’s fit to give our 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.



“Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.

Psalms 112:1-9 NIV


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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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