the curtain 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."
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 obligato.
the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation
into a wonderfully creative experience. And the audience was mesmerized.
Whatever our situation in life and history - however outrageous,
however desperate, whatever dry spell of the spirit, whatever dark
night of the soul - God is whispering deep within our beings; "Don't
quit. Keep playing. You are not alone, together we will transform
the broken tatters into a masterwork of my creative art. Together,
we will mesmerize the world with our song of peace."