The Drummer Boy: A Christmas Tale

The Drummer Boy: A Christmas Tale

Ted Dekker

Language: English

Pages: 64

ISBN: 140410299X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A Christmas tale with a modern twist.

We all love singing the Christmas carol "The Little Drummer Boy." Our hearts swell as the poor boy offers his best, meager gift to the Baby in the manger, and we smile in joy as the infant Lord graciously smiles His thanks. Now Ted Dekker brings a modern twist to this beloved song of hope, acceptance, and joy. This modern fable takes place in a large city where Christmas has been banned and replaced by a holiday that celebrates prosperity. All Christmas songs are also banned.

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into the dim light. He couldn’t see the drum on the dresser because something—his pillow or one of his stuffed animals—sat right in front of his nose, blocking . . . Daniel gasped and bolted up in bed. It was the drum! He glanced at the dresser. No drum. No drum there, because the drum was here, on his bed, right in front of him! How was that possible? It wasn’t! He scrambled out of bed, turned on his light, and stared at the drum. Slowly he lifted it and examined it more closely. It was then,

his dream! His eyes dropped to the bottom where someone had written something in blue ink: I promise to keep the drum safe, Father, as you asked on your dying bed. It will one day again be played for the king. TED DEKKER • 21 Daniel swallowed. He was meant to find this drum. He turned to the second page. A story, it looked like. The Birth and Life of Jesus Christ. Daniel read quickly. He read about the wise men who gave gifts to the baby king. He read about shepherds and about Mary and Joseph

City in an uproar. Daniel woke up the next morning to the sight of Chelise standing in his doorway. “It’s still snowing,” she said. He looked at her without speaking. “Are you sad?” she asked. “Yes. I think I am,” he said. “You’re like a star. You sang on television.” “I don’t feel like a star.” 50 • THE DRUMMER BOY This page intentionally left blank “They all want to know if you’re going to do it again,” she said, sitting on the end of his bed. “Do what?” “Disobey the council and sing the

City in an uproar. Daniel woke up the next morning to the sight of Chelise standing in his doorway. “It’s still snowing,” she said. He looked at her without speaking. “Are you sad?” she asked. “Yes. I think I am,” he said. “You’re like a star. You sang on television.” “I don’t feel like a star.” 50 • THE DRUMMER BOY This page intentionally left blank “They all want to know if you’re going to do it again,” she said, sitting on the end of his bed. “Do what?” “Disobey the council and sing the

drums.” “That’s what I thought. Come in.” The man peered back down the hall to make sure they weren’t spotted. “Keep your voice down.” He closed the door and walked to a large trunk 10 • THE DRUMMER BOY in one corner. He bent to one knee, unlatched the lock, and opened the lid. Books and loose papers covered the bottom of the trunk, but Daniel caught his breath at the sight of a small, round drum on top. “You like it?” Mr. Pablo asked, standing up. “It’s a drum. It’s . . . it’s beautiful!” “Go

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