Posted by: geolocke | 2013/11/29

From The Mouths (And Hands) of Babes…

My brother works as a cardiac nurse at a local world-renowned university research hospital. There is a new cancer treatment center at the hospital which has an atrium where patients go while receiving treatments to relax with their families and caregivers. The atrium has a grand piano in it which is available for those patients or family members who would like to play it. Playing music helps some patients endure the discomfort caused by the cancer as well as some of the treatments.

Yesterday, out of the blue, my brother’s fifteen year old daughter asked if she could go to work with him and play the piano for the patients. She has been taking lessons for years and is a very accomplished player in her own right. What could he say? When they got there she sat down at the bench of this gorgeous Steinway Grand Piano and began playing her favorite pieces by Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, and many other composers. One Doctor who heard the music came to investigate and was amazed and delighted to find a young person playing such beautiful music that was bringing so much joy to the ears and hearts of the patients and their families.

She played for 3 hours without a break, all for the love of wanting to give the gift of music to those who most needed it.

Of all the things that I am thankful for on this day of reflection and thanksgiving, I am especially grateful for the love and the generous heart of my niece who shared her joy of the piano with those who are in need of the healing power of music, for no other reason than wanting to do something nice for people who are suffering.

It is that one simple selfless act that really magnifies the message that is one of the foundations of the Gospel. God gives each of us special gifts and talents. We can choose to keep them for ourselves of to share them with others. If we choose to keep these gifts for ourselves, we often find that we lose them due to disuse. But when we share those gifts and talents freely out of love, wonderful things happen, not just to us, but also to those around us.

Tonight my heart rejoices and my soul is glad because of this lesson taught to me by my niece.



  1. Amen, brother. We need to offer those talents first to the glory of God and His creation. When we put the talent first and offer no respect to the Giver, the talent does not seem to shine quite as brightly. At least, that’s what happened to me.


  2. I am reminded of some of the lyrics of one of my favorite Luther Vandross songs, “Little Miracles”

    “…What is a miracle
    Love is a miracle
    Every time that you care
    Miracles happen somewhere
    So many miracles
    Even small little miracles
    Just take one look about
    It’s not hard to figure out

    Cause it might be today
    Anything can change
    Nothing stays the same
    And maybe today
    What’s tomorrow for
    No one knows for sure
    Through it all come what may
    Little miracles happen everyday
    Little miracles happen everyday…”

    R.I.P. Luther, and thanks for sharing your gift while you were with us!

    George, Thanks for posting this!


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