Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

One of the real perks of being a pastor is the opportunity to support congregational members in the ministry that God calls them to do outside (as well as inside) the church walls. I see this as a way to enhance the kingdom of Heaven but offering this support and encouragement once the person has identified their specific calling. Now, if you know me well, you’ve probably heard me talk about the notion of the priesthood of all believers. Specifically, that we each do have a unique calling within the kingdom.

Paul talks about this topic in Romans 12:4-5 when he says “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” I love these verses and find them extremely applicable both to my own ministry as well as times when I’m helping/supporting another in their ministry.

Now, that background being said, this past week I had the opportunity to listen to a message by a member of my congregation. Sarah Beckman of Eden Prairie, MN runs a ministry called Salt and Clay Ministries (check it out on Facebook here, then like it). Within her ministry, Sarah is a speaker and from what I hear, she has many engagements. One of them is a monthly gig at Dunn Brothers in Eden Prairie, where she presents Seasonings with Sarah. I’ve been taking in these events for the past few months since starting my internship at Prairie Lutheran Church, and while they’ve all been great, the latest one really struck me.

The overarching theme of this message was game-changers. Sarah spoke about 3 different “minor characters” within Jesus’ birth narrative that present “game-changing” moments. Now, she’s actually presenting the same message again tomorrow so I won’t ruin the whole deal for any that might be going. However, I do want to highlight one thing. Sarah book-ended the message with Scrabble and as a reminder had Scrabble tiles that people could take with them.

When it came time to pick a tile, most of the people in attendance on Friday dug around to pick a specific letter. I went a different direction. I wanted to see what God would give me. After digging around blindly I pulled out an O. Then the question (both in my head as well as from a few other people) was “So what does O mean?”

I didn’t know. It only hit me today as I spent a moment staring at the tile which is directly under the monitor of my computer.

Offering. O stands for Offering.

But then the next question hit me…Why does God want me to think about Offering today?

As we approach Christmas in just a few more days, there are tons of Christmas songs playing everywhere. One very popular song started playing in my mind as I thought about this whole situation…offering, Sarah’s ministry, my personal call to help others to embrace their own role in ministry. The song is Little Drummer Boy.

In my mind, the song really speaks to the question which we all ask of “What do I have to give?”  That is the song that the boy is asking himself when faced with the chance to come before the new born king. What gift could he offer? What role could he fill? Keep that in mind as you read the lyrics to the song itself.

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.

Little Baby Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, Pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift 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
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
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

Very simply, the boy offers something of himself to the new born Jesus. Isn’t that what we are all called to do? God wants us, just as we are. Yes we are flawed people…no doubt there. But God loved us enough to humble himself and take on flesh. He experienced life just as each of us to. All he asks is that we come to him…just as we are. That is what we can offer. That is what we can do. There is no other reason for God to accept it other than the fact that His love for each of us is so unfathomably huge. He asks only that we present ourselves to him. That is our offering. That is why I pulled an O out of the bin.

So, as we come up on Christmas this weekend, and celebrate the birth of the King of Kings. Remember that he came into the world because he loves you. And that my friends is a game-changer.

2 responses to this post.

  1. So happy you figured out why you picked “O” – what a great post and wonderful insights! Thanks for coming to support Seasonings and thanks for your encouragement ! (gamechanging for sure)


  2. It was literally staring me in the face for a few days, but eventually the insight dawned on me. Funny how that works sometimes isn’t it?


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