It was her first Christmas Eve service as a minister in the United Church of Canada. I'm so grateful I got the chance to witness it. She inspired everyone who attended her service, and as we parted ways that night I told her "I'll pray for you!" She was drained and looking for something to get back, because she had given everything to the service.
I spent the late-night of Christmas Eve driving to the city with my mom. Another highlight of Christmas Eve 2013 was pulling up to St. Joseph's Oratory, warm and glowing on the inside while hundreds of frozen pilgrims made their way up the many steps to the Cathedral to experience midnight mass. As we walked in to take our seats in the packed Cathedral an elderly man handed us our leaflets and he said, "Joyeux Noel dit une priere pour moi."
For some reason "The Little Drummer Boy" has the most-played Christmas Carol on the radio this year, for me at least. For the first time I actually listened to the lyrics, and the part that struck me was this: "I have no gift to bring, that's fit to give a King." I never realized how powerful this lyric was. The boy had nothing, but he went to the party for this newborn baby anyways. Then he thought, "I'll just play my drum." He went with his instinct and gave this King all he had, his talent for music. He was totally humble and did everything he could for this newborn. This week I've been thinking about how that is all we're asked to do. Just give our talents to the world, whatever they might be. Play our best and we'll get a smile.
Rum pum pum pum. Merry Christmas Everyone!!