Saturday, March 15, 2014
A Gem of Poetry in Dad's Old Book
This morning, I would like to share a poem written by Myra Brooks Welch. I found it as a newspaper clipping in my Dad's very old copy of Poems That Touch the Heart by A.L. Alexander, a book filled with lovely poems...My Dad loved poetry.
The Touch of the Master's Hand
by Myra Brooks Welch
"'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while.
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile:
"What am I bidden, good folk," he cried,
"Who'll start the bidding for me?"
"A dollar, a dollar," then, "Two!" "only two?"
"Two dollars and who'll make it three?"
Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three! And who'll make it three?"__. But no,
From the room, far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward, and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old Violin,
He played a melody pure and sweet,
As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer said,
"What am I bid for the old Violin?
A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two?
Two thousand and who'll make it three?"
Three thousand once; three thousand twice,
And going and gone," said he.
The people cheered but some of them cried,
"We do not quite understand.
"What changed it's 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 is wrought
By the touch of the Master's hand."
Every soul, whether the body is dressed in riches or rags, is precious in the eyes of the Lord. Every willing soul at the Master's command is made new and whole and forgiven of sin by "the touch of the Master's hand.." c.c.
Thanks to Myra Brooks Welch for her beautiful words.
Monday, March 10, 2014
GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS, OH LORD."
Lamentations 3: 22,23 NKJV
"YOUR MERCIES ARE NEW EVERY MORNING"
WE LOVE YOU, LORD, FOR LOVING US!
'YOU REDEEM OUR LIVES FROM DESTRUCTION;
YOU CROWN US WITH LOVING KINDNESS AND TENDER MERCIES'
PSALM 103:4 NKJV
Lamentations 3: 22,23,24 NKJV "It is through the Lord's mercies, we are not consumed. Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: Great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portions says my soul. Therefore I hope in Him."
Often, we think we are the faithful ones because~ perhaps, after being away from Him for a while, we return and begin to prayer again. In actuality, the Lord is the Faithful One because He takes the first step in the beginning by approaching and knocking at the door of our hearts, and stays and waits. So, He has always been there, with us, waiting to hear from us. The Lord is merciful to the soul who seeks Him.
Lamentations 3: 40. "Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord. Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven."
Psalm 103: 14 "For He knows our frame He remembers that we are made of dust". .
We thank you for another day, Lord...for watching over us through the night. Thank you that your mercies are from everlasting to everlasting. Thank you for waiting for us to realize that your love is timeless. Bring us to a point where we worship before you, confessing our shortcomings and asking for your mercy and compassion that is so freely given, for the asking. Bring us to that place where we can speak with you freely and eagerly wait for your response. How comforting to know You are with us and will always be with us.
Hebrews 4: 15 "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all point tempted as we are without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace in the time of need."