2012 Blog Archive

Faith Moment
May 21, 2012

In 2 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul declares, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  Believers often struggle with this seeming paradox, feeling that we must be strong in order to be acceptable to Christ.  But Paul tells us that when we acknowledge our weakness and lean wholly upon Jesus, he covers the weakness of our lives with his strength.  In weakness, we are actually made strong.

Perhaps you’ve heard this familiar story about Poland's famous concert pianist and prime minister, Ignace Paderewski:

A mother, wishing to encourage her young son's progress at the piano, bought tickets for a Paderewski performance. On the night of the event, they found their seats near the front of the concert hall and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on stage. Soon the mother found a friend to talk to, and the boy slipped away.

When eight o'clock arrived, the spotlights came on and the audience quieted. Only then did they notice the boy up on the bench, innocently picking out the tune to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." His mother gasped in embarrassment, but before she could retrieve her son, the master appeared on the stage and quickly moved to the keyboard.

"Don't quit. Keep playing," he whispered to the boy.

Leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the other side, encircling the child, to add a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized.

In our lives, unpolished though we may be, it is the Master who surrounds us and whispers in our ear, time and again, "Don't quit. Keep playing." And as we do, he augments and supplements our weak efforts to create a work of amazing beauty.

With Love,

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D. Davenport
2014-09-29 11:50 PM

Charming story. Universally dismissed as fiction. There was a staged photo op with a young boy and a piano which may have been the source of the myth. Also, there are differing threads as to whether the boy allegedly played Twinkle, Twinkle or Chopstix. No matter. It's still fiction 

Gayle Tucker
2014-10-15 6:28 PM

It is true that this story is fiction. I did not intend to indicate that it is true, simply that it is familiar. I do think it teaches a nice lesson.  Blessings, Mike


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