‘Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it was scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But he 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?

"Going for three" but no -
From the room far back, a grey-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loosened strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said "NOW what am I bid for the old violin?"
And he held it up with the bow.
"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," cried he.

The people cheered, but some cried,
"We do not understand what changed its worth?"
- Quick came the reply,
"The Touch of the Master's Hand."
And many a man with his life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned off cheap, to a 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
Can never quite understand ,
The worth of a soul, and the change that's wrought,
By the Touch of the Master's Hand .


Touch of the Master's Hand

Myra Brooks Welch


Has His Hand Touched You?

By Pastor Perry F. Rockwood

The Masters hand is the only hand that can transform the soul. The Lord Jesus Christ is waiting and anxious to touch you with that blessed, life-giving and transforming touch that will make you a new creature in Christ Jesus... the touch that will turn your darkness into day, your sorrow into joy.


Hear His call: "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).


Friend, perhaps you think this message is not meant for you since you do not consider yourself a sinner because you have always lived a good and moral life. But if you are depending on "good works" to give you an entrance into Heaven instead of depending on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are deceiving yourself.


For on that "last day" you will not be measured or judged by man's standard... but by God's standard. The Word of God will read on that "last day", for Jesus said: "The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" (John 12:48).


There is but one way, one door through which we must enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus said: "I am the door: by Me if any man enter in he shall be saved" (John 10:9). You enter in by that "door" when you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your own Saviour.


"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever (anybody) believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)



The midi playing is

by Adelaide A. Pollard and George C. Stebbins

Arrangement by LA (see link below)



Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!

Thou art the Potter; I am the clay.

Mould me and make me, After Thy will,

While I am waiting, Yielded and still.


Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!

Search me and try me, Master, today!

Whiter than snow, Lord, Wash me just now,

As in Thy presence, Humbly I bow.


Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!

Wounded and weary, Help me, I pray!

Power - all power - Surely is Thine!

Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.


Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!

Hold over my being, Absolute sway!

Fill with Thy Spirit, Till all shall see,

Christ only, always, Living in me!


Please e-mail us to let us know if you have gotten saved,

or if you have any more questions.

or write:

The Peoples Gospel Hour
Box 1660, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 3A1
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