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Tommy's Window Slideshow. The Touch of the Master’s Hand. ♫ Turn on your speakers!. CLICK TO ADVANCE SLIDES. --Poem by Myra Brooks Welch. 'Twas battered and scarred, And the auctioneer Thought it scarcely worth his while To spend much time on the old violin,

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Tommy's Window


The Touch of the

Master’s Hand

♫ Turn on your speakers!


--Poem by Myra Brooks Welch


'Twas battered and scarred,

And the auctioneer

Thought it scarcely worth his while

To spend much time on the old violin,

But he held it up with a smile.

"What am I bidden for this?"

He cried.

"Who'll start the bidding for me?

A dollar--one dollar;

Then two--only two:

Two dollars are bidden;

Say three.


"Three dollars once:

Three dollars twice:

Going for three!"

But lo!

From the back of the crowd

a gray-haired man

Came forward and

picked up the bow.

Then, wiping the dust from the old violin

And tight'ning the loosened strings,

He played a melody passing sweet,

The kind that haunts and clings.


The music ceased, and the auctioneer,

With a voice that was soft and low,

Said, "Now what is bid for the old violin?"

And he held it up with the bow.


"A thousand dollars:

Who'll make it two?

Two--two thousand;

say three!

Three thousand once,

three thousand twice,

Three thousand

--gone!" said he.


The people cheered,

but some exclaimed,

"We do not quite understand

What changed its worth?"

and the answer came:

"'Twas the touch

of the

master's hand."


And many a man with soul out of tune,

And battered and scarred by sin,

Is auctioned cheap by the thoughtless crowd,

Just like the old violin.

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.


O Master! I am the tuneless one:

Lay, lay Thy hand on me.

Transform me now, put a song in my heart

Of melody, Lord, to Thee!


Dr. Hubert Davidson visited the noted poetess, Myra Brooks Welch, who perhaps is best known for her masterpiece, "The Touch of the Master's Hand".

As he turned to leave her home, Myra patted the arm of her wheelchair and said, "And I thank God for this!"

Imagine being grateful for a wheelchair! But her talent lay undiscovered prior to her wheelchair days. Rather than becoming bitter, she chose to let her handicap make her better, and a wonderful ministry opened new doors for her.


A life need not be great to be beautiful.

There may be as much beauty

in a tiny flower as in a majestic tree,

in a little gem as in a great jewel.

But the smallest life

that fills its place well

is beautiful

in God's sight.

A life may be very lovely and yet be

insignificant in the world's eyes.

A beautiful life is one that fulfils

its mission in this world,

that is what God made it to be,

and does what God made it to do.

Those with only commonplace gifts

are in danger of thinking that they

cannot live a beautiful life

--cannot be a blessing in this world.

--Mrs. Charles Cowman

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