It’s Christmas Eve, and Justin Banks
is on the hunt for a last-minute gift for his wife, Megan. With the help of a
homeless man and the beat of a drum, Justin stumbles upon the one thing Megan
has always wanted. The one thing money can’t buy.
It’s amazing what we can hear if we just take a moment and really listen.
Rum pum pum pum.
It’s faint, but it’s
there. A quiet, rhythmic beat that blends into the night. How this
old man heard the sound is beyond me.“You hear it, don’t you?”
With a nod, I look
around, hoping to find the source of the sound. The man points toward the
coffee shop’s covered alleyway.
“Back there,” he says.
The carolers begin their
rendition of “O Holy Night,” and once again, I hear the “rum pum pum pum”
coming from the darkness.
Intrigued, I step away
from the old man and walk slowly toward the alley. Each step brings me closer
to the beat, until finally, I see a little boy,
nestled in the corner. His only light comes from a lantern, and a snare drum
rests in his lap. The drum is scarred and the strap is frayed, but it’s
obviously his most prized possession.
Probably his only
Does he live here? In
this filthy alley? And where are his parents?
His clothes are dirty and
ragged, and the faded blue jacket he wears is about three sizes too big.
This is a
different type of love story. It encompasses the meaning of Christmas so
Justin is a
lawyer who wants to give his wife a special present for Christmas, but as a
woman who isn’t really into materialist things he can’t seem to find the right
gift for her. All that changes the moment that he hears the drumming of a
little boy who is homeless and alone on Christmas Eve. Wanting to help such a
sweet, scared lonely boy, he takes him home with him. This turns out to be the
best gift he could ever give his wife. Megan is so surprised when her husband
takes her to see the sweet homeless boy he came across. She wants nothing more
than to give him the love and home he desperately needs and deserves.
This is one
of those stories that is quick to read but filled with so much good cheer and
I hope you
take the time to run out and read buy this story… You won’t be sorry.