"The Piano Duet"

Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano,
a mother took the boy to a Paderewski concert.
After they were seated, the mother spotted an old friend
in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her.

Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall,
the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door
marked "NO ADMITTANCE." When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about
to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.

Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage.
In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard,
innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano,
and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing." Then leaning over,
Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part.
Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child,
and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice
transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.

The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn't recall what else the great master played.
Only the classic "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

Perhaps that's the way it is with God.
What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy.
We try our best, but the results aren't always gracefully flowing music.
However, with the hand of the Master, our life's work can truly be beautiful.

Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully.
You may hear the voice of the Master,
whispering in your ear,
Don't quit.
Keep playing.

May you feel His arms around you and know that His hands are there
helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.

Remember, God doesn't seem to call the equipped; rather, He equips the called.

Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire.

May God bless you and be with you always. ....
and may each of you to whom I've forwarded this story
more clearly see the "hand of Master"
weaving each of His chosen hues into the tapestry of your lives........

This story was sent to be via an eamil, credited to "Claudette J. LeRoux-Bolduc"

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July 23, 2012