Stay In Tune in Summer

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.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.