“When I Find God” was a poem, the only poem, I wrote in my book Back to the Ethic:Reclaiming Western Values. Dr. Stanley M. Hoffman had read the book and asked for permission to put it to music-choral music. After a few years-that’s how long these things take, the piece has been officially published and Dr. Hoffman has produced a truly beautiful video.
I wrote his poem at a time when I was in a very dark space and place in my life. But despite the hopelessness and the helplessness I felt, I also knew there was hope and purpose waiting for me. I am a multi-faith chaplain and had helped many people before I fell into the abyss. My religion, my belief in God helped me, too.
The music expresses my feelings. That is what a great composer accomplishes. And after the feelings of dread, the music lifts you up. While you listen to the music you will be treated to beautiful images.
I hope you enjoy.
From the Ethics of the Fathers: “Rabbi Tarfon used to say, it is not incumbent upon you to complete the task, but you are not exempt from undertaking it.”