I was listening to Bob Seger's rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy" - the notorious ragamuffin child who comes to the manger to celebrate Jesus' birth. As the story goes everyone is bringing gifts "fit for a king", but the little drummer boy, being poor, and a little boy, says he has no gifts to bring.
"Since I have no gifts", he seems to be saying, "Can I play my drum for you?"
There it is again. That twisted modern idea about "no gifts".
One more time, this time let's sing it:
"Dear little baby, lest You forget, we'll sing this song to remind You that You come to Life with nothing of Value or Interest."
Yet one more way our culture drives home the belief that we come to this Life with absolutely nothing of value or interest to anyone.
Talent is not a gift. Time is not a gift. Love is not a gift.
The song, being a Christmas song, resolves nicely of course. The little boy plays his drum, Jesus smiles, and it's all good.
Does the message ever get through, I wonder?
The little boy brought the finest gift of all - HimSelf!!
Do children understand all the wonderful things they bring to Life, the idea that Life is an Absoulute Gift Exchange? I am just now figuring it out.
Do you know??
For those of you spending your life in pursuit of gifts worthy of consideration, forget it! You can relax now. You have had them all along.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is simply to uncover, discover and re-engage Your Absoulute Gifts - the ones you brought with you to this Life.
...and, to teach the children.
Dance In the Moment,
alice and greg