One of my favorite Christmas movies is ‘The Little Drummer Boy.’ It tells the story of a poor shepherd boy who feels he has no gifts to offer the newborn baby Jesus. Yet, in spite of having nothing to give, he offers to play his little drum.
“Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, on my drum?”
The shepherd boy closes his eyes, inhales deeply and begins to play his drum, causing Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus to smile at him. When he’s finished playing, his sheep – which was sick and near death – is miraculously healed by the purity of his love.
We’ve all heard this message before: no gift is too small, especially when offered with the purity of one’s heart. This is because our giving has more to do with our heart or the place we give from than the actual gift.
To give from a pure heart means that you give from a place of unconditional love, without expecting anything in return, and for the sheer joy of giving. You give, as the Prayer of St. Francis reminds us, knowing that it is in giving that you receive.
Deep down and in his innocence, the little drummer boy understood what it was all about… “Me and my drum.” He and his heart. Because in the story, his drum is a metaphor for our own beating hearts, the only one real and lasting gift we can ultimately offer each other.
As we dive into our hyper-commercialized Christmas season, where most of us are being bombarded with all kinds of advertising messages and pressure to find the perfect gift for all those friends and family members we care for, I’d like to invite you to bring the attention back into you and your heart and ask yourself:
What are those gifts or talents I already have which I can lovingly share with others?
Who can I share my unconditional loving presence, my heart virtues, and inner joy with this holiday season?
Who do I know that could benefit from the purity of my love by selflessly and anonymously radiating my heart’s energy out to them?
The purity of your own heart is ultimately the greatest gift you can give yourself, others and the world we live in. Because when you give others from a pure heart, you give others permission to do the same. And as you give of your heart freely, you instantaneously receive it back in the form of greater physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
The reason the pure of heart are blessed is that, through the eyes of unconditional love, they have learned to see God or Divinity in themselves, others and in every aspect of our world.
I hope this Christmas story of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ inspires you to share the purity of your beating heart with those you love most. And that all the love you share comes back to you multiplied ten-fold!
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From my heart to yours.
PS Check out my favorite version of Little Drummer Boy song.
Photo by Spencer Backman