The Psalmist writes: Be still before the Lord and wait in patience; do not fret at the one who prospers, those who make evil plots to bring down the needy and the poor. Calm your anger and forget your rage; do not fret, it only leads to evil. (Psalm 34.)

When I had a mind to be a performer, one of the things I learned was while performing, I had to shut everything else out of my mind. To be distracted led to the inevitable – a memory lapse. Focus on the keyboard and the next notes you need to play!

The gospel-writer Luke tells us “Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51 & 53.) “Setting our face” doesn’t mean we lose the intensity of purpose; just the opposite. Calming our anger and exercising patience enables us to put our energy into action that is truly constructive.

What is it you need to do today? Set your face in that direction; establish a pace you can sustain … and get it done.

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.