A pearl of great price

When I was a little girl, our home was always filled with music, including classical, jazz, and swing. I loved watching my parents drop all their work-a-day cares to dance across the kitchen floor to the sound of Glenn Miller’s classic “A String of Pearls.” There was just something “perfect” about that recording, with a title that had to do with every note being in place and shining like pearls in a necklace.

When I remember that tune, I can’t help thinking of a well-known Bible passage from Matthew 13 in which Jesus likens the kingdom of heaven to a merchant “seeking goodly pearls.” And, as the story goes, “when he had found one pearl of great price, [he] went and sold all that he had, and bought it” (verses 45, 46).

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