The Joy of What We’re For. ..

Yesterday, I was driving and listening to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and I was reminded of this story again. Enjoy!

Smuggling Grace


For the last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself listening to the 4th Movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony almost every day. I had the wonderful occasion to sing it recently with the UMS Choral Union and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and I reflected upon that incredible experience on this blog. But I’m nowhere near tired of this work. Musically and emotionally, it’s a masterpiece.

And I realize that it draws me back almost daily because of its obvious subject matter: JOY.

Each day, I seem to get some new joy from it — a hope, a feeling, a dream, a memory. A few days ago, a vivid memory popped in my mind while listening. I had not thought of it for many years, but there it was, so clear and wonderful. It was an embodiment of joy. All these years later, it reminds me of something important.

When I was 17 years old, I…

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