Dr. Frederick Marantz, my piano teacher, was a bit exasperated when I suggested that perhaps we stop having piano lessons in the summer. I was in high school, and I figured I could take a break. He looked at me with deep concern. “But in the summer you are free – you could practice several hours every day!”
Clearly, he and I had very different ideas about how to spend a summer.
When I finished my first year of college and came home for the summer after practicing for six hours every day throughout the school year, I looked at that spinet that sat in my parent’s living room. I knew that if I did not practice several hours every day, September’s first piano lesson with Anne Koscielny would not go well.
In the tradition of my best piano teachers, I ask you: Are you practicing this summer? Have spiritual disciplines been put on hold, or are there an additional few moments every day when you can pause in the warm, feel the gentle breeze, and offer your thanks for it all?
Each little flower, each singing bird, rivers running, summer sun – The Lord God made them all. Remember to give thanks.
A blessed Tuesday.