Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 17, 2019


Matthew 12:1-21

Behold My servant, whom I have chosen; My beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased: I will put My spirit upon Him, and He shall show judgment to the Gentiles (12:18).

The Master’s Hand

One of the most beautiful and meaningful poems I know is entitled “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” It begins with an auctioneer selling an old violin. He holds it up and says, “What am I bid for this violin? One dollar? Two dollars? Who will make it three?”

Just before the old violin was to be sold for three dollars, from the back of the room an old, gray-haired man came forward. He took the violin and the bow, and wiped off the dust. He tightened the bow, turned the strings, and began to play angelic music. When the auctioneer held it up again, he said, “What am I bid for it? A thousand dollars? Two thousand dollars? Who will make it three?” The concluding stanzas of the poem read:

The people cheered, but some of them cried,

“We do not quite understand

What changed its worth?” Swift came the reply:

“The touch of a master’s hand.”

And many a man with life out of tune,

And battered and scarred with sin,

Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,

Much like the old violin.

A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine;

A game—and he travels on.

He is “going” once, and “going” twice,

He’s “going” and almost “gone.”

But the Master comes and the foolish crowd

Never can quite understand

The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought

By the touch of the Master’s hand.

[from “Touch of the Master’s Hand,” Myra Brooks Welch]


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