With Bach’s Resolve

Posted By on Nov 14, 2012 | 3 comments


Today’s post can be found here, at the Rabbit Room. A musing about why I write, inspired by Bach and the way he looked at music.

Just so you know, I’m working full time on my Scottish novel. I have a deadline on a certain portion of it this week so I’m pretty much glued to my red chair and surviving on coffee. This means I might be able to post a snippet of the story here soon.

To close, another bit from my Advent book, the one I mentioned in the last post. (For those interested, it’s called Waiting for the Light and can be found on Amazon.) I had a day with some thoughts and news that “shook me up,” and Alfred Delp’s words caught and held my heart like the hand of a friend. I know they sound a bit dire, but they get to the heart of things and challenge me to come alive to God in a powerful way:

Here is the message of Advent: faced with him who is the Last, the world will begin to shake. Only when we do not cling to false securities will our eyes be able to see this Last One and get to the bottom of things… The world today needs people who have been shaken by ultimate calamities and emerged from them with the knowledge and awareness that those who look to the Lord will still be preserved by him, even if they are hounded from the earth… This shocked awakening is definitely part of experiencing Advent. But at the same time there is much more that belongs to it. Advent is blessed with God’s promises, which constitute the hidden happiness of this time. These promises kindle the inner light in our hearts…”

-Alfred Delp (a Jesuit priest who was killed by the Nazis during WWII.)

Be blessed my friends.