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A SONATA IN THREE AGES

Youth is a wonderful period of life. The future is rosy; dreams are spun into the sheer romance of living; and the heavens above are blue. And, if I may use a simile, this is like a violin in full string, capable of pouring forth major melodies in full harmony. Beautiful! if Christ is the Master Musician. Fully yielded to Him, the music of such a life is wonderful.

When a few more years are added and middle age predominates, it might happen that only three strings can be used. But the Master passes over that difficulty. He does not need four strings to create beautiful melody! If He is the Player, even two strings in tune can bring forth wondrous music, even though there might be mechanical imperfections and the song might be in a minor key. But even the minor is beautiful, when the Master Musician wills it.

But as age creeps on, what shall we do with just one string, stretched almost to the point of breaking? Thank God, He can still make music of our lives, if we are supple in His hands ! One of the most beautiful and touching songs I ever heard was played on one string - the E - but a master did the playing. Even down to old age, He can use us to His glory. Let us keep ourselves in His hands!—Esther K. Miller