Ignace Jan Paderewski, the famous Polish composer-painist, was once scheduled to
perform at a great American concert hall for a high-society extravaganza. In the audience
was a mother with her fidgety nine-year-old son. Weary of waiting, the boy slipped away
from her side, strangely drawn to the Steinway on the stage. Without much notice from the
audience, he sat down at the stool and began playing "chopsticks." The roar of
the crowd turned to shouts as hundreds yelled, "Get that boy away from there!"
When Paderewski heard the uproar backstage, he grabbed his coat and rushed over behind the
boy. Reaching around him from behind, the master began to improvise a countermelody to
"Chopsticks." As the two of them played together, Paderewski kept whispering in
the boy's ear, "Keep going. Don't quit, son...don't stop...don't stop."
the Word, Moody Bible Institute, Jan, 1992, p.8.
Charles Osgood told the story of two ladies who lived in a convalescent center. Each
had suffered an incapacitating stroke. Margaret's stroke left her left side restricted,
while Ruth's stroke damaged her right side. Both of these ladies were accomplished
pianists but had given up hope of ever playing again. The director of the center sat them
down at a piano and encouraged them to play solo pieces together. They did, and a
beautiful friendship developed. What a picture of the church's need to work together! What
one member cannot do alone, perhaps two or more could do together--in harmony.