Often when a big announcement is forthcoming, we will hear a “drum roll!” This is a specific rhythm used by the drummer. And sometimes there is not even a drum in sight; and folks will make an imitation noise with their voices mimicking a drum roll.
The drum roll usually comes just before a huge announcement is to be made; and is used to get the attention of the people in order that they might get quiet and listen to the forth coming message.
Drummers drumming are also a big part of football games, rock bands, and even in classical orchestras. The Irish use a type of drum called a bodhrán used to enhance the rhythm for dancing and merry making. These instruments create excitement.
The Plains Indians used this method to communicate with each other and were strategic in rousing up the warriors before a battle. Africans for centuries used the drum to communicate messages through the forest to other tribesmen and were often used to send warnings.
During the Civil War in America, drummer boys were trained to send signals to the troops by drumming so that instructions for the battle could be heard over the din of the cannons and rifles.
There are many types of drums and they have had many uses down through the centuries. You can find more information about drums, their history and their use in history here. (Please ignore the light blue highlighted word above. This was not my link.) It has no place here in my story.
If this is your first time to this series, you may wish to learn more about the song, “Twelve Days of Christmas.” If you have missed any of them, you can find links at the end of the article that will allow you to enjoy them all. If you have been keeping up – then you may just scroll down and skip this part.
The story behind the song indicated that it was published in England in 1780 without music as a poem that was chanted. In later years, various musical arrangements were added.
It is what is known as an accumulative song – each verse building on the previous one and the gist of the song is a fair maiden expounding her great delight for the extravagant and unusual gifts given to her by her true love.
Huffington Post reported two years ago in 2012 that the cost of these items would be about $107,000.00. Last year Forbes posted a report that those same items in 2013 would cost $27, 393.17.
This year the PNC Index indicates these same items would cost $27,673.22.
The Business Insider also reports on estimated cost of all the things given by “true love.” But all that God gives is free.
We can only wonder why True Love gave his sweetheart twelve drummers drumming – perhaps he had a big announcement to make. After all the other eleven gifts he had given to her, perhaps he was going to ask for her hand in marriage and the drummers were there to call the attention of the people to his “bended knee” performance. After such elaborate gift giving, how could she say no?
God used angels instead of drums on the night to “Hark the Herald” that Christ was born by getting the attention of the “Shepherds Abiding in the Fields” to let them know that a Savior had been born in the “Town of Bethlehem.” The angels that were “Heard on High” were so magnificent that they startled “Certain Poor Shepherds” in fields where they lay as they received the message that in the little town of Bethlehem, there was a Savior born on that “Silent Night.”
For a long time the world had been waiting for a mighty warrior to come upon the scene to free them from oppression; but on this night when “Upon Midnight Clear” there came a Baby Boy, named Jesus, born “Away in a manger.” That night a new, bright and shining star appeared in the heavens that would lead “Three Kings” from afar to the place where the Baby Jesus could be found. The angels completed their message with, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, Peace and Goodwill.”
The shepherds hastened to the place underneath the star and found Mary, Joseph, and the Baby who was wrapped in swaddling clothes and the glory of the Lord shown all around them. The shepherds must have been asking themselves, “What Child is this?” They must have thought, “How can this poor defenseless babe, born in a manger, be their salvation?
But after what the shepherds had heard and seen, they went about sharing the message and crying, “O come all ye faithful,” come and see what God hath done.
The drums of invitation are drumming today inviting everyone who will to come to the manager this Christmas and see what God hath done. Only through God will the world ever be able to say with the angels, “On earth, peace, and good will toward men.”
Listen to the excellent rendition as the drummers of Relevant Church in Locust Grove, Georgia as they play “The Little Drummer Boy!” You will be delighted and so happy that you did.
May we all have “drummed” into our heads this year that the world needs a Savior and God has already sent one and that we must seek Him while He may be found.
As we complete this series of the Twelve Days of Christmas with a spiritual twist, it is the prayer of this author (and the desire of God) that we all recognize that the greatest gift ever given was Jesus.
Jesus is our real, “True love.” And He proved it when He opened up His heart and stretched out His arms and hands saying, “I love you this much.”
He loved us so much that He gave the gift of His life wherein we might be saved. You can be saved today. Follow this link to the Four Spiritual Laws that will walk you through the steps to become the recipient of this greatest gift ever given. Can we have a drum roll, please?
Days of Christmas:
First Day: My true love gave to me “A partridge in a pear tree.”
Second Day: My true love gave to me ‘Two turtle doves.”
Third Day: My true love gave to me “Three French hens.”
Fourth Day: My true love gave to me, “Four calling birds.”
Fifth Day: My true love gave to me, “Five golden rings.”
Sixth Day: My true love gave to me, “Six Geese a laying.”
Seventh Day: My true Love gave to me, ”Seven Swans a swimming.”
Eighth Day: My True love gave to me, “Eight maids a milking.”
Ninth Day: My True love gave to me, “Nine ladies dancing.”
Tenth Day: My True love gave to me, “Ten Lords a leaping.”
Eleventh Day” My True Love gave to me, “Eleven pipers piping.”
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