The Touch of the Masters Hand

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
May 5, 2005

Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought is scarcely worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.”What am I bid, good friends?” he cried.
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?
One dollar! Only one? And who’ll make it two?
Two dollars, once, twice, and three!Three dollars, once, and three dollars, twice.
And going, and going,” but no…
From the back of the room a grey-haired man
Came Forward and picked up the bow.

And wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As caroling angels sing.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”
As he held it up with the bow.

“One thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand dollars, and three!
Three thousand, once. And three thousand, twice.
And going, going, and gone!” said he.

The people cheered, but some of them cried,
“We don’t quite understand
What changed its worth?” Swiftly came the reply,
“‘Twas the touch of the 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 this old violin.

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine.
A game, and he travels on.
He’s going once, and going twice,
And going, and almost gone.

But the Master comes, and the thoughtless crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul, and the change that is wrought,
By the touch of the Master’s hand.”

By -- Myra Brooks Welch
  1. Liz said:

    God touches everything in our lives. Some people don’t want to believe that, but it is very true. 🙂


  2. “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are.” 1 Cor. 1:27-28 NIV 1984.


  3. kiwiskan said:

    So true. Our music is never played without Him


  4. always loved this one…the impact of it doesn’t cease.


  5. Thank you for posting that poem. A dear lady in my church had it memorized word for word and would often quote it when giving her testimony. Even though I was very young at the time, I still remember, and that was a sweet memory for a gloomy morning. Thank you!


  6. Tingles down the spine. I always love this story 😀 !!! God to a T if we let HIM. Have a good one my friend! 😀


  7. These stories are life itself. Thank you for posting them.


  8. I have sung this song–it has a beautiful tune and even more moving when put to music. I sang it for my violinist/violist father for a Christmas present a few years before he died, because he was a gifted musician, loving father and committed Christina. So it was perfect. Thanks for much for sharing it with others here.


  9. George Hayward said:

    Wow, powerful stuff. There’s so much value in the violin, we need to look past the dust!


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