At age 16 Andor Foldes was already a skilled pianist, but he was experiencing a
troubled year. In the midst of the young Hungarian's personal struggles, one of the most
renowned pianists of the day came to Budapest. Emil von Sauer was famous not only for his
abilities; he was also the last surviving pupil of the great Franz Liszt. Von Sauer
requested that Foldes play for him. Foldes obliged with some of the most difficult works
of Bach, Beethoven, and Schumann.
When he finished, von Sauer walked over to him and
kissed him on the forehead. "My son," he said, "when I was your age I
became a student of Liszt. He kissed me on the forehead after my first lesson, saying,
'Take good care of this kiss--it comes from Beethoven, who gave it to me after hearing me
play.' I have waited for years to pass on this sacred heritage, but now I feel you deserve
One morning R.C. Chapman, a devout Christian, was asked how he was feeling. "I'm
burdened this morning!" was his reply. But his happy countenance
words. So the questioner exclaimed in surprise, "Are you really burdened, Mr.
Chapman?" "Yes, but it's a wonderful burden--it's an overabundance of blessings
for which I cannot find enough time or words to express my gratitude!" Seeing the
puzzled look on the face of his friend, Chapman added with a smile, "I am referring
to Psalm 68:19, which fully describes my condition. In that verse the Father in heaven
reminds us that He 'daily loads us with benefits.'"
F.E. Marsh has enumerated some of God's blessings:
An acceptance that can never be questioned. (Ephesians 1:6).
An inheritance that can never be lost (I Peter 1:3-5).
A deliverance that can never be excelled (2 Corinthians l:10).
A grace that can never be limited (2 Corinthians 12:9).
A hope that can never be disappointed. (Hebrews 6:18, 19).
A bounty that can never be withdrawn. (I Colossians 3:21-23).
A joy that need never be diminished (John 15:11).
A nearness to God that can never be reversed (Ephesians 2:13).
A peace that can never be disturbed (John 14:27).
A righteousness that can never be tarnished (2 Corinthians 5:21).
A salvation that can never be canceled (Hebrews 5:9).