Immanuel – God with us

Immanuel-God with us

I am not an expert at anything

Not poetry

Not music

Not drawing, nor painting

Not mixed media

Not parenting, nor teaching

But I have passion

I have desire

And what I do, I do with purpose and love

I give it my all

The Little Drummer Boy did too. He stood before a little baby, who was also a king. He wondered at the peaceful, innocent, simple scene. So touched he was that he wanted to give him something special. Something given in love and honor. He wasn’t the greatest drummer. Heck, he was only a young boy. He didn’t have material wealth, nor a fine gift to offer him, so he played. He played with passion, with heart – he gave it his all. Then the baby smiled at him. That’s what I want. I want to see him smile at me. That’s my greatest treasure. That’s my greatest reward.

Here’s one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time.

Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix on Youtube.

What is the best gift you have ever received? What Christmas song do enjoy most?

63 thoughts on “Immanuel – God with us”

  1. As long as you do it all with Love, you’re good My Friend! That’s all He wants from us; to fill our hearts with Love and spread it far and wide! ❤
    Love the Pentatonix's song; I just discovered them about a month ago and can't stop listening… My favorite right now is their "Mary did you know"

    1. Oh I know. I love that song too. I only discovered them last Christmas actually. Someone had posted this version of The Little Drummer Boy. Instantly fell in love with it.
      Thanks Sibella.
      🙂 ❤

  2. I don’t know if anyone is an expert in any of the arts. They’re just ways to express, to let out a passion or an idea. How people react to art is entirely different. I think that you stated it best – you give it your all. That is art, my friend. The best gifts I’ve ever received did not come in December. One came in September, and two came in August. 🙂 I like so many Christmas songs, but I really like Judy Garland singing “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”.

    1. I agree with Weight2Lose regarding Judy Garland’s poignant version of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ – and it is even better to see her sing the song in the movie, ‘Meet Me in Saint Louis.’ She is luminous while singing it. Really something. I’m glad you mentioned this song.

      1. Hey Kate, you know I’ve never seen ‘Meet Me In Saint Louis.’ I should see if I can find it on-line. Thanks for mentioning this.

    2. This is so true Rob. What I may appreciate, another may not. And vice versa. Thank you so much for the encouragement.
      I love that your best gifts are your children (that is what you meant, right?) I actually thought about adding on at the end of my question, “and they don’t have to be material gifts.” In fact, that’s exactly what I was hoping for. For people to value the gifts that aren’t material.
      Hmmmm, I’ll have to check out that version from Judy Garland. I don’t know if I’ve heard it.
      Thanks Rob and merry Christmas.
      🙂 ❤

  3. Love Penatonix! My wife has them playing all the time. My favorite Christmas song is the Phil Keaggy version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Love it!

    I think all God wants from each of us is to give our all. And that may be different for each of us. God bless!

    1. Hi Mark. Oh yes, I’ve been listening to Pentatonix quite a bit myself. I have never heard Phil Keaggy’s version of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.’ I’ll have to see if I can hear it on Youtube or something. I really like that song too. I have a great medley of that song with We Three Kings by The Isaacs. It’s great.

      Yes, I wholeheartedly believe that too Mark. Just to give our all. And it certainly is different for each and every person.

      A very merry Christmas to you and your family Mark.

  4. My favorite traditional carol is ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.’ I love the words and the spirit of joy and comfort they convey. Wonderful. Happy.

    Joyful! 😀 😀 😀

    1. Hi Kate. Oh yes, I like that song too. I was telling Mark in response to his comment that I have a medley of that song with We Three Kings by the Isaacs, in my Itunes Christmas playlist. It’s so upbeat and fun.

      A very merry Christmas to you and your hubby Kate, and may you both be richly blessed.
      🙂 🙂 ❤ ❤

  5. All my favorite Christmas songs are Norwegian 🙂 I mostly grew up with Norwegian songs 🙂 The best present…..I am not sure….I can’t really remember…..But I remember that best ones I gave! One was to my grandmother, it was a DVD player, I know that sounds very materialistic, but you see, all us grandchildren have grown up watching movies at our grandparents’ house with a rented DVD player, and it was my grandfather who rented it. My granny just loves old action movies (like James Bond), but then my grandfather died and she could not watch those movies anymore. So all of us grandchildren got together (we were in our teens) and bought her a DVD player for Christmas. I was so so excited when she unwrapped it on Christmas eve!! The look in her eyes was priceless!! She was so overwhelmed!! And that DVD player changed her life, it take her, for a few hours a day, away from her loneliness and in to the imaginary world of the movies 🙂

    The other present was a child, I mean, I got my friend a sponsorship for a little child in India ! I knew she wanted to sponsor a child, so I knew she would like it. Now that child has received an education because of my friend! 🙂

    1. Ohhhhhhh Norwegian Christmas songs. I’m sure they’re lovely Trini. I’ll have to see if I can find some on Youtube. Or maybe you have some on your Granny’s Garden site? Hmmmm. I’ll have to check that out.

      Oh that’s great, you all went in on a DVD player for your Granny. Soooooo sweet. I’m sure she was so happy to receive it from her grandchildren.

      Giving your friend a sponsor child is awesome. Truly, truly wonderful. It is more blessed to give then to receive.

      Thank you so much for sharing so lovely things Trini.

      A very merry Christmas to you, my friend. And although you are far from family, I hope and pray that you have a lovely time with whoever and however you spend it.

      🙂 ❤

  6. your words brought a smile…
    I’m not- I’m not
    I have passion
    that is just so cool!

    okay I am off yo listen to the song :)🎄🎍⛄❄💫🎄

    1. Ohhhhhh, I’m so glad they did Prior. I absolutely love the story of the little drummer boy. It has brought tears to my eyes more than once.
      Heyyyyy, how did you get all those cute little Christmas thingys (I don’t know how you call those things)? They’re so cute.
      Thank you and a very merry Christmas to you and your family.
      🙂 ❤

      1. thanks – and I hope you guys all have a great Christmas too – oh and just to add a comment about your question of what favorite gifts are – well I like food and tea gifts. And one year when I was teaching – my secret santa got me this huge tea package – with the mug, different types of teas, a few snacks – and well it was right up my alley.

  7. You are right this song beautiful illustrates our relationship with Jesus, Children,having nothing to offer but our love and less than perfect gifts which He accepts as if they mean the world to Him.
    I first heard this version last year on my son’s face book and loved it too.
    As to a favourite song, I love so many especially the old carols when sung by imperfect voices not a church choir (guess I like drummer boys too).

    1. This made me smile Claire. Yes, I love the simplicity and humility it illustrates. Sure, we all have different gifts, abilities and callings, but what matters most to God is that we offer our best, not perfect, but our best, and with a heart of humility and full of love. I love how you mentioned the carols sung by imperfect voices.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. Nothing is more powerful than the “Passion” and the “Purpose”…the combination is deadly, it can fire our imagination and it move us and inspires us to do wonderful things…

    Life without purpose is meaningless and life with passion is profound…we have keep igniting our passion and keep revisiting our purpose…art and beauty follows.

    All artists whether painter, musician or writer…they have those basic creative juice within them and the balance gets produced with the external stimuli and constant working towards perfection and excellence…

    Hope all set for the X’mas and the New Year…

    1. Passion and purpose are indeed very powerful motivators.
      “Life without purpose is meaningless and life with passion is profound…we have keep igniting our passion and keep revisiting our purpose…art and beauty follows.”
      –This is a great comment Nihar, and so true. I totally agree. Life without purpose is meaningless. And life with passion is profound – taking us deeper.
      This season is sooooo busy. Especially since it’s summer here and the kids are out of school for summer vacation. On top of all that we are trying to sell our house because we are moving next month.
      Hope you have a lovely Christmas Nihar.

      1. See how we live in two different worlds when we are in the blogosphere…this side of the world we are in freezing cold and your side you are cherishing the warm sunshine…

        How do we keep our passion going and how do we keep discovering our purpose in life, it is not static…it is a dynamic process and we have to keep finding the means and meaning in our existence…
        Yes, this a busy season and bushier month with so many things happening and with high expectation in the air…

        Thank you Staci and you too have a great Christmas…

      2. Our Christmas was definitely not cold, that’s for sure.
        I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas Nihar.


      3. Yeah it was good but here it was real cold, the temperature has suddenly fallen in the last week quite rapidly…
        We had a good Christmas, hope you all had a great celebration…

      4. It has been warm here. Summer weather of course. Today is stinking hot.
        Thank you Nihar, we did have a lovely celebration.

      5. What a paradox, this side of the world is chilling cold…and we are missing the warmth of sun…
        2015…let there be real sunshine in the life’s of many people who have been deprived of good things in life…
        Our wishes are for all…

  9. I have to admit I am not a fan of Christmas songs, but this song…well, that’s different. No matter what version I hear, I get goosebumps (love the Bob Segar version too) I think what you add here is something I really didn’t think about before. Giving of what we have, no matter what it is. I was about to write “no matter how small a contribution” but that would make it sound less than. Sure, we’re not all rock stars, and frankly, there will always be someone faster, better, etc than us, so instead of getting into the “compare and despair” game, we thank God for our ability to contribute in our own special ways.

    Thank you for sharing yourself here…always a pleasure to read 🙂


    1. Isn’t it the best. I have never heard Bob Segar’s version. I have cried various times considering this song and its lyrics. I don’t believe that perfection exists within humanity, however, I believe that doing our best, and with the right motives, turns our imperfections into perfection.
      Paul, I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas, full of joy, excitement and fun.
      Many blessings and Christmas hugs.

  10. The Little Drummer Boy is one I often have classes of little ones (4- & 5-year-olds) perform for their parents at Christmas concerts. It’s a challenge for them to keep a steady beat on their drums during an entire verse! Everyone laughs because at least one child drops their drum, or makes up new words, or something of the sort.

    I think it helps convey the message, as you said, that whatever our best is, it’s enough.

    1. Awwww, that’s cute.
      It definitely conveys the message Tina.
      Thanks for sharing this, and merry Christmas to you and your family.

  11. Hi Staci!! My favorite is “Oh Holy Night.” The first time I heard it was in a beautiful little church that my son and I were christened in together. I was in tears…it was so beautiful. ..something I will never forget.

    My best present was Christmas of 2000. I had had a major surgery a fee weeks before and it was the most loving Christmas of my life! It was probably the only gathering of my family that was led by love…with no confrontations…no drama. Never happened before, nor since. I am very grateful for the memories of that special time.

    I wish you the most wonderful Christmas full of love and peace…many blessings!! ❤ ❤

    1. Oh Lorrie. I didn’t know you had a son. Wonderful. You were christened together? Wow. I’m sure it was really a beautiful experience.
      What a wonderful Christmas gift. I’m so glad you mentioned this gift, and it being not material, but something of value, is truly priceless.
      May the love, joy and peace of our savior fill your heart and your home this Christmas Lorrie.
      Love and blessings.
      🙂 ❤

      1. Thank you beautiful Staci!! Yes, my son is soon to be 34!!! I can’t believe it! I was never christened…and when my son was about 6 we found the most amazing church family and we were christened together!! It was a very important time in my life and I am so thankful for it! Unfortunately, my little church “closed!” It was very sad 😦 But I will always have my memories of that special time!

        I wish you so much love dear Staci for you and for your whole family! Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year!!! ❤ ❤

  12. ‘I have passion
    I have desire
    And what I do, I do with purpose and love
    I give it my all’
    Wow, I felt so happy reading these lines that I read it over and over again! As long as there is purpose and love we don’t need anything else. No approval is greater than oneself’s. How very true and so beautifully you relayed a feeling we so often struggle with. I love you for writing this, Staci (and for all reasons possible)! :’) ❤
    The Little Drummer Boy is one of my favourite Christmas songs too! As, you said in the previous lines – it was all for love. I quite like White Christmas as a seasonal song – it has a settling feeling to it which I find beautiful. And, when in a funny mood 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch' is always to the rescue. Hehehe..hope you're keeping the caffeine tumblers busy 🙂

    1. You never cease to encourage me with your comments, my friend. I am truly encouraged, blessed and humbled by this one.
      Yes, love The Little Drummer Boy. I have cried a number of times when considering the lyrics. Just the thought of the savior of the world smiling at him because of his humble and simple gift, given in love and done our of a pure heart – ahhhhhhh, that makes it perfect.
      I like White Christmas too. Especially when I’m in Canada for the season. It kind of doesn’t make much sense in the Brazilian summer Christmas. Eek! Hehehe
      You can definitely count on my caffeine tumblers being busy sweetie. Always.
      Much love and blessings to you and a very merry Christmas. I hope you have one filled with peace, love, joy and void of strife and stress.
      🙂 ❤

      1. 😀 Awww, yes I know I can always trust you, my friend! A very very merry Christmas to you and the family ,Staci! I hope we celebrate many more Christmas-es to come, together! 🙂 ❤ ❤
        Let the kids eat all the cake they want to! And, you can drink all the coffee! 'Tis the season of joy! ^_^

      2. Hehehe. Thanks so much sweetie. The kids ate a ton of sweets. Eek. I’m a bit of a health nut, but I go easy on them on the holidays.
        How was your Christmas? We had a nice time. Of course it’s summer here, so totally different then from the Northern hemisphere.
        Hope yours was fun and peaceful.
        Tons of love and blessings sweetie.
        🙂 ❤

  13. You know I’m with you bc of T and his drumming. =) Lovely reflections, S. Seems a good time of the year to return to the simple things.

    You might fix this:
    “That’s my gretest treaure.”

    Please edit comment as you’d like.
    I’m so glad we were able to walk (write!) this year together.

    Merry Christmas,

    1. Oh my gosh… Thank you so much for advising me about the error. I swear I have ADHD (not joking 🙂 ). I hate it when that happens. It must be the rush rush rush of my life right now. Kids our of school on summer break, selling our house, moving in January. I need routine and don’t have much of it right now. When I don’t, I go all haywire. Eek.
      Oh yes, T and his drumming. And a good little drummer too. I love the simple. Living where I do and the lifestyle we live makes it so easy.
      Yes, it’s been quite the year, hasn’t it. Seems like it’s just flown by.
      Merry Christmas to you Diana.
      🙂 ❤

  14. I do not have a favorite Christmas song, per se, but the most memorable when I was Angels we Have Heard on High because of the chorus “Glo oh oh oh oh riah!” Neighbors would be coming from midnight services and sing the chorus loudly and those in different homes would join in. Ah, memories.

    1. My son likes Angles We Have Heard On High. I think his reasons are the same as yours “Glo oh oh oh oh riah.
      What a beautiful story you shared here. Thank you.
      A very merry Christmas to you and your family. May it be full of the love and joy of our savior.

  15. I think Silent Night is one of my favourite Christmas songs, I never tire of hearing it. No pomp, no fuss, just a simple song with a simple message.

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Staci ❤

    1. Thank you so much, Heather.
      Ohhhhh, I like Silent Night too. And without the pomp and fuss, just the simplicity of it all, ahhhhhhh – I think that’s what Christmas should be. Just the simple pleasures of time with family and friends. The cozy moments together.
      A very merry Christmas to you and your family, Heather.
      🙂 ❤

      1. We had a simple Christmas this year and it was one of the best that I can remember over the last ten years or so.

        Merry Christmas to you too, Staci, I hope you had a good one ❤

      2. I can imagine. Simple usually is best.
        Bless you and have a great new year’s celebration Heather.
        🙂 ❤

  16. Waking up every morning, something I’m learning not to take for granted, is the best gift for me right now.

    I think that when you do what you do with purpose and love, it has a far-reaching effect that transcends time. Thank you for giving us your all!

    1. That’s a great gift. The gift of life, right? Better yet, waking up healthy.

      “I think that when you do what you do with purpose and love, it has a far-reaching effect that transcends time.”
      –Definitely. I couldn’t agree more.

      Thanks Timi. Hope you had a nice Christmas. Mine was busy and nice. Now I just can’t wait until after the new year to start getting some type of routine into my life again. Argh.
      🙂 ❤

  17. I think giving it “your all” is much more important than be an expert or perfect at anything. I will never forget the first time that I heard Joyce Meyer say, “Do your best and God will do the rest.” That has stuck with me for years. My best maybe at the same level as someone else’s worst, but I gave it my all and that’s all that matters. What you said resonated with me in that I’m good at lots of things, but I’m not awesome at anything. So, I do the best I can do and trust that God will do the rest.

    1. And that’s just it Kirsten. There are so many things I wish I was AWESOME at. But hey, maybe the fact that I’m just ‘ok’ at some of them is a way of keeping me humble. I remember when I was involved in ministry with the performing arts. I was traveling throughout Asia with a team and it was absolutely horrible. Why? Because I was constantly fighting with my pride and want of being noticed for my accomplishments and abilities. Not to say that we shouldn’t strive to grow. Not at all. I think you know that. But to recognize for who it’s for, what it’s for and the motives behind it all.
      Thanks Kirsten. We’re on the same wavelength here.

      1. I totally understand about the whole pride issue!!! I think that just being really good at stuff protects me from pride. I also need to work on my perfectionist streak…that causes me all kind of probs 🙂

  18. That smile would be beautiful. My favorite song would have to be Oh holy Night. The best gift I’ve ever received was the year I looked around at family and everyone was getting along and happy. I think peace is the best gift I could ever offer or receive. This year, I really enjoyed my Namaste hat 😉

    1. “That smile would be beautiful.”
      –What a day that will be. Ohhhhhhhhhh.
      Great song choice cutie. And great gift too. I also consider the non-material things to be the greatest gifts.
      How was your Christmas? I hope you and your family made some wonderful memories.
      🙂 ❤

      1. It was nice thanks. I’ve got some post-Christmas blues though. Always happens to me when I’m out of routine and don’t have that space to create and be alone a bit. Argh.

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