Touch of The Master’s Hand

Today’s song is “Touch of the Master’s Hand” by Wayne Watson from his 1980 “Working in the Final Hour” album.  The song was based on a 1921 poem of the same title by Myra Brooks Welch.   During Christmas season, amidst all the commercialism and activities, it’s easy to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas, the reason for the celebration.  As I think of the whole idea of God becoming a little baby, I have to ask “Why?”  What is the purpose for a Creator to come and dwell among His creation?   What would necessitate His being up close and personal with us?  Then the song “Touch of the Master’s Hand” came to my mind, and it was clear.  He had to come close to us in order to touch us and let us know our worth.  It’s true, many of us don’t know what we’re worth to God.  We judge ourselves and others based on external things and our performances (good or bad).  But God sees us all as His precious children, His only creation that He’s breathed His life into.   He sees our true worth beneath the dusty and battered condition of our lives, and with His touch, we can be like new again, making pure and beautiful music.  I have experienced this change in my life.   The longer I walk with Jesus, the simpler things become, and all the theology has boiled down to some very simple concepts that even young children can understand.  For Christmas, I believe touching us and letting us know our worth is the real reason why He came.

Touch of the Master’s Hand (as performed by Wayne Watson)

Well it was battered and scared,
And the auctioneer felt it was hardly worth his while,
To waste much time on the old violin but he held it up with a smile;
Well it sure ain’t much but its all we got left I guess we aught to sell it too,
Oh, now who’ll start the bid on this old violin?
Just one more and we’ll be through.

And then he cried one give me one dollar,
Who’ll make it two only two dollars who’ll make it three?
Three dollars twice now that’s a good price,
Now who’s gonna bid for me?
Raise up your hand now, don’t wait any longer, the auctions about to end;
Who’s got four Just one dollar more to bid on this old violin?

Well the air was hot and the people stood around as the sun was setting low,
From the back of the crowd a gray haired man,
Came forward and picked up the bow;
He wiped the dust from the old violin then he tightened up the strings,
Then he played out a melody pure and sweet, sweeter than the Angels sing;
And then the music stopped and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low he said now what am I bid,
For this old violin and he held it up with a bow.

And then he cried out one give me one thousand,
Who’ll make it two only two thousand who’ll make it three?
Three thousand twice you know that’s a good price,
Common who’s gonna to bid for me?
And the people cried out what made the change, we don’t understand?
Then the auctioneer stopped and he said with a smile,
It was the touch of the Master’s hand.

You know there’s many a man with his life out of tune,
Battered and scared with sin:
And he’s auctioned cheap to a thankless world much like that old violin;
Oh, but then the Master comes,
And that old foolish crowd they never understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is rought,
Just by one touch of the Masters hand.

And then he cried out one give me one thousand,
Who’ll make it two only two thousand who’ll make it three?
Three thousand twice you know that’s a good price,
Common who’s gonna bid for me?
And the people cried out what made the change we don’t understand?
Then the auctioneer stopped and he said with a smile,
It was the touch, that’s all it was; it was the touch of the Master’s hand,
It was the touch of the Master’s hand;
Oh, it was the touch of the Master’s hand.


Almost Time For Christmas

Today’s song is “Almost Time for Christmas” by Doug Wayne.   I like how the song reminds us that the most precious gift we can give our loved ones is time and love, both are things that don’t need any money to buy.   I am thankful for having gone through financial hardship during the holidays, because it’s where I learned this lesson.  Our kids have gone through Christmases without presents, and yet they all feel very loved.  None of them feel they’ve been deprived, and they know the true meaning of Christmas.   There’s nothing wrong with giving gifts, but I want to encourage those who are having a hard financial time that you still possess the most precious gift to give, that of your time and love.  As the retailers woo us with their special sales and try to convince us that certain things will sure make our loved ones happy, remember that what everyone wants most in the world is to be loved and cherished.  And a hug and words of affection are always free. 🙂

 

Almost Time for Christmas by Doug Wayne

Almost time for Christmas
The lights have lined our town.
There’s a manger in my neighbor’s yard
Reigndeer two doors down.

Almost Time for Christmas
The Santa Clause is here.
On cards and cakes
And cardboard plates
That famous face appears.

Almost time for Christmas
There’s people everywhere.
With toys to buy.
And bows to tie.
But not much time to spare.

Almost time for Christmas
I’d like to slow things down.
And give more of my time and love.
To those I care about.

Almost time for Christmas
My favorite gifts are free.
Late night talks
And long slow walks
Mean the most to me.

Almost time for Christmas
There’s people everywhere
With toys to buy
And bows to tie
But not much time to spare.

Almost time for Christmas
This year I’m gonna try
To give more of my time and love
To the peaceful Holy night
There’s still time for Christmas.


Thankful

The song for today is “Thankful” by Josh Groban, from his 2007 Christmas Album.   Though it’s in a Christmas album, the song reflects how I’m feeling today.  Yes, there are so many things that aren’t yet ideal, the world isn’t anywhere near the global peace that we’d all like to have, and there are still those who go to sleep hungry at night, that is if they have a place to sleep.  I can get overwhelmed thinking of all there is to be done.  And yet, I have also seen little steps that humanity is taking to reach these goals, and so there are many things to be thankful for.  And, interestingly enough, as I see the glass as half full instead of half empty, being thankful for the progress that humanity has made in extending good will toward all men, I become encouraged and inspired to keep on giving of myself,  lifting up those who are weak and sharing what I have with those who are less fortunate.  In being thankful, I am renewed and can accomplish much.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thankful (As performed by Josh Groban)

Somedays we forget to look around us;
Somedays we can’t see the joy that surrounds us;
So caught up inside ourselves;
We take when we should give.

So for tonight we pray for what we know can be;
And on this day we hope for what we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more;
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Look beyond ourselves;
There’s so much sorrow;
It’s way too late to say
I’ll cry tomorrow;
Each of us must find our truth;
It’s so long overdue.

So for tonight we pray for what we know can be;
And every day we hope for what we still can’t see’
It’s up to us to be the change;
And even though we all can still do more;
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Even with our differences
There is a place we’re all connected;
Each of us can find each other’s light.

So for tonight we pray for what we know can be;
And on this day we hope for what we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change;
And even though this world needs so much more;

There’s so much to be thankful for.


Funny Turkey Songs

Today, I am thankful for all the creative people who have created funny turkey songs to entertain me every Thanksgiving.   While almost every cook in America is planning and preparing the Thanksgiving feast, I thought it would be fun to put together in one place  my favorite funny turkey songs.   These are parodies of popular songs, sung from the point of view of either the turkey who hopes to escape the fate of becoming the Thanksgiving meal, or from the  people who can’t wait to feast on the turkey.   Some of these began as American Greetings ecards.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

“I Will Survive,” a parody of Gloria Gayner’s song of the same title.

“You Can’t Gobble Me,” a parody of “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes.

“We Will Eat You,” a parody of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”

“Mr. Turkey,” a parody of “Mr. Sandman” by the Chordettes.

“Can’t Stuff This,” a parody of M.C. Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This”

“Stuff It,” a parody of Devo’s “Whip It.”

Now go and stuff a turkey! 😀


My Tribute (How Can I Say Thanks. . .)

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I’m pondering about all that I have to be thankful for.    Of course, like many people, I’m thankful for my husband, children, friends, home, clothing, food, etc., but inevitably, everything I think about all points to my Father God.  He is the love behind all the people who love and care about me.   He is the one who orchestrates everything to give me the life I’m living.  He is the best Father I’ve ever had.  All that I am and ever hope to be, everything that is good in my life, I owe it all to Him.

And so, I thank Him with this song today.  It’s “My Tribute” written by Andrae Crouch in 1972, and this recording is by one of my favorite Gospel singers, Evie, in 1979 or 1980.


I Could Never Have Imagined

I have been sharing “Song of the Day” on Facebook for about a year and a half now, and meanwhile my blog has been sorely needing a new entry.  So, I’ve decided to combine the two projects, moving “Song of the Day” to my blog.   I hope my handful of fans will follow me. 🙂

Today’s “song of thanks” is “I Could Never Have Imagined” by Sandi Patti.   This recording is an updated version from her Sandi’s Song album in 1991.  She made another recording back in the late 70’s or early 80’s that I’ve also included below.

If I have to sum up what I’m thankful for into one single thing, it would definitely have to be  the changes in my life as a result of knowing Jesus Christ,  not just as a historical or religious figure, but as a person who loves me unconditionally and has deep affection for me, and in whom I can confide about anything at all.  Seeing the world and people through His eyes has given me hope, encouragement, and love for others that I could not have on my own.  My relationships with people are better, my outlook on life is better.  I really could not have imagined the changes, and I’m so thankful for all that He’s done in me.

I Could Never Have Imagined by Marshall Lawrence

All alone within my fantasies I lived
No one seemed to want the things I had to give
Just another person on an overcrowded earth
Then I met You and You showed me
How to have a real rebirth

Chorus:
I could never have imagined the changes
You have made within my life
The way You took away my hopelessness
The way You opened up my eyes
I could never have imagined the charming world
You taught me how to see
Thank you Jesus
For all you’ve done for me

The moment that I met you face to face
I could feel inside a change had taken place
Had somebody told me
You could change my life this way
I would never have believed them
I’d have laughed right in their face
(Repeat Chorus)