A line from the recitation, The Old Violin, states, “He is going once, going twice, going and he’s almost gone. But the Master comes and the foolish crowd can never quite understand the change that’s wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.”
The touch of the Master’s hand is magnificent to experience or behold. As a pastor who has invested time, prayers, and tears in helping men and women to accept the touch of Christ, it is of more value than anything else I have ever witnessed.
Recently I wrote a letter of recommendation for a young mother whom I have known since she was a child. With a loving mother and grandmother and numerous people of God upholding her, she overcame enormous mountains to achieve her goals and she will be a force for Christ.
As I mused about this, a long line of men and women whom Joyce and I have impacted over more than fifty years marched before my eyes like a mystical video. The experience touched me to the core and Joyce wept as I shared this with her. She said, “Larry, our lives really have touched people. We have not lived in vain.”
In spite of much criticism we are glad that we chose not to be a heel on the throat of a struggling person, but to use our time, talent and treasure to “be His hand extended and help people to get up.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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