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Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)
TITLE: Amazing Grace
By Betty Farrow
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Grace was always nervous until her fingertips touched the keys. Then it was if she and the piano became one. With her fingers poised in place, she raised her right pointer finger and struck the first note. Then her left hand gently touched the keyboard and swept across the bass notes. Together her hands moved in harmony, up and down the keyboard, softly filling the room with sounds of warmth and beauty.
She opened with Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, adjusting the touch of her fingers to match the touch of the piano. Her body swayed to the rhythm as she raised her fingers and touched the keys more firmly for the upcoming crescendo to immediately back off to a slight touch for the pianissimo. Deftly and distinctly she touched each triplet and with experience and finesse she fingered to perfection the grace notes. By the time Grace reached the final movement she was completely absorbed in the music, oblivious to those around her.
Grace moved next to compositions by Bach, skillfully caressing the keys as the music in her head touched her soul. It was easy then to make the transition to songs of praise about her God. Always a shy person, Grace often prayed her prayers to the accompaniment of her music. As her fingers touched the keys her heart touched God. Quietly she played through a favorite medley of praise songs.
A large crowd of women had gathered. There was considerable chatter when they first entered the room but the chatter had subsided to a quiet whisper by the time Grace finished the medley. Grace transitioned from A-flat to the key of C with a musical turnaround that required walking down the black keys and gently but firmly touching the white ones. Her performance showed the confidence that only talent and practice could produce.
She had laid out her program well. To conclude, Grace quietly transitioned into a favorite Bill Gaither song, He Touched Me. Tears rolled down Grace’s face, grateful that Jesus had touched her, had changed her from the person she had been—a demanding, self-centered, headstrong piano protégée—to a woman whose goal in life was to serve the living God. At one time her god had included the piano, the stage and the thrill she felt each time she heard the sound of applause.
Grace had walked away from public playing, never wanting the joy of the performance to out shadow the joy of serving God. She spent her days working with children in an inner city school district. She touched the piano daily but only played for herself and God.
It had been five years since Grace had been touched by God’s love and accepted His gift. She had spent time studying His Word. Pastor Dave, the associate pastor at the Community Church, had helped Grace understand that God had given her the talent to play and she could and should use it for His glory. She was grateful for the chance to play today. It was an opportunity to see if she could publicly play for God. One final song and her performance would end. Would life go back to the same? Would God open more doors for her to use her talent? That would be God’s decision. She would do her best to follow His lead. Triumphantly she tenderly played her favorite song, Amazing Grace.
Grace was so wrapped up in her own thoughts and prayers she had failed to notice that the audience was silent, all eyes staring at her and the piano. When Grace finished there was total silence…then the women stood in unison, clapping their hands enthusiastically, eyes moist with tears. They had been touched by Grace’s music.
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