The Master-Player

An old, worn harp that had been played
Till all its strings were loose and frayed,
Joy, Hate, and Fear, each one essayed,
To play. But each in turn had found
No sweet responsiveness of sound,
Then Love the Master-Player came
With heaving breast and eyes aflame;
The Harp he took all undismayed,
Smote on its strings, still strange to song,
And brought forth music sweet and strong.

– Paul Laurence Dunbar

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Cor.13:13 If we are providing a Christ-centered education just how tangible is this Charity/Love the Master-Player plays… sweet… strong? I know of a seminary professor who reads and meditates on I Corinthians 13 each day. I certainly need to reflect on this passage more often than I do for it is there I learn our lives can be caught up in understanding mysteries, sacrificial benevolence, prophecies and tongues but all the while, not producing sweet music. May our homes, churches and school be filled with the sweet music of love that derives from the Master-Player, the Lord of love, a love like no other.