WeWriWa—Closeness in distance


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes right after last week’s, when one of the rescuing Czech partisans, Jaroslav, asked Emánuel about the semi-fast day he mentioned. It’s the ending of this section of the chapter.

The illustrations are from illuminated scrolls of the Book of Esther.

“It’s called Ta’anit Esther, and commemorates how Queen Esther fasted before going to make her petition to King Xerxes for her people’s lives.  Tonight, the holiday of Purim began, celebrating our deliverance from evil.  God is never mentioned in the Book of Esther, but he was working behind the scenes the entire time.  Sometimes God is closest to us when he feels most distant, perhaps because he wants us to be proactive in fighting for our deliverance and not passively wait for Divine intervention.  Tonight you were God’s emissaries, after Adri and I made a run for it.”

“What about all the other guys still on the march?” Adrián asked. “God hasn’t delivered them yet, and most of them didn’t try to escape.”

“We each have our own destiny, existing alongside free will.  It’s not for us to try to understand Divine ways, though it’s nice to know the chapter of our lives as slaves has ended.”

Emánuel’s sentiment about how “God is closest to us when he feels most distant” is echoed a number of times by unplanned secondary character Tímea, a Bible Student (Jehovah’s Witness offshoot) who’s with the girls. She never wavers in her strong faith, though she often says she doesn’t know why any of this happened or why some people fared relatively better than others.


12 comments on “WeWriWa—Closeness in distance

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    It’s hardly surprising that the issue of faith is front and center in your tale.


  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    After what they’ve experienced, it is totally understandable how their faith would waver.


  3. I always enjoy learning a more about the faith through your characters.


  4. SueBarr says:

    Faith is sometimes the only thing that keeps you going.
    Just a side note – if this is an historical novel, would your characters used the word ‘guys’? That seemed more of a modern slang. Otherwise, great snippet.


  5. I love this. Great job!


  6. Interesting discussion they were having. Excellent excerpt as always, much meaning below the surface.


  7. Chrys Fey says:

    Those illustrations are amazing. So detailed.


  8. Hywela Lyn says:

    Great excerpt and discussion of Faith – and I agree with Chrys, wonderful illustrations!


  9. nancygideon says:

    What a poetic reveal of their faith. Nicely done, Carrie Anne.


  10. It’s wonderful that he has his faith to get him through this trial. Hopefully those that haven’t escaped have it, too.


  11. Awesome snippet! 🙂


  12. shanjeniah says:

    Missed you last night, but hope your observances were fulfilling.

    So much contained in these few beautiful lines. I’m looking forward to seeing how this fits with other aspects of the story.


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