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Little Drummer Boy

A Christian or Muslim?

For the past couple of weeks we have been hearing an early morning cadence of drums, a reminder to eat before sunrise. The exuberant drummer usually makes his rounds at 3:30 AM and calls out names of neighbors, making sure they do not miss a meal.

Photo credit: United Nations Photo (Creative Commons)

Photo credit: United Nations Photo (Creative Commons)

This is Ramadan. Muslims worldwide observe a month of fasting. During these weeks many neighbors refrain from eating and drinking in the daylight hours.

Annoyed or Accepting?

Our neighborhood drummer boy is a reminder to have a meal and say early morning prayers. Muslim neighbors are grateful for the reminder.

At first I was not thrilled. Drumming and yelling at 3:30 AM is not how I prefer to wake up. It got me thinking, however (something my wife considers a dangerous habit of mine).

Is it really a bad thing to get an early wake-up call and a reminder to pray? Obviously not! I am always glad for a conversation with God. What an awesome privilege to talk with the Creator.

A different drummer boy

In 1941 Katherine Kennicott Davis wrote “Carol of the Drum” or “The Little Drummer Boy.” The song is about a poor young boy who was summoned by the Magi to the nativity without a gift for the infant Jesus. He played his drum and “played my best for Him” and “He smiled at me”.

Jesus smiled at him. What a thought! Was there a drummer boy at the manger shortly after Jesus was born? No! There was, however, an infant about to change the course of human history.

The Son of Man/Son of God died on a cross, ripping the veil at the entrance of the Holy of Holies so you might have personal access to the Almighty God.

If an opportunity to talk to God comes a bit earlier this month, thanks to a neighborhood drummer boy, I’ll take it. Drum away, dear friend, drum away!

I’ll pray my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum. So to honor Him, pa rum pump um pum.

The challenge

Let the interruptions in your day serve as reminders of how you can honor God. He may smile at you, pa rum pum pum pum.

What annoyances are taking place in your day that could be used to glorify God? Are you living a life that causes Jesus to smile at you?

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