Don Draper, Dante and Me. The Lost Pathway.

Crazy enough it was the first episode of Madmen that reminded me of the exquisite first line of Dante’s Inferno, “Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.”

What is the way we humans have lost?

As often happens, other books I’ve been reading added texture to Dante’s thought, each pointing towards intimacy with our creator, God, as that which we’ve lost, the one who must be found.

Try George MacDonald, “it is for lack of thee that I am bad. How close, how infinitely closer yet must I come to thee… ‘How close to Thee!’ No wonder, soul, thou art glad! Oneness with Him is eternal gladness.”

Or A.W. Tozer: “We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God.” Why did Christ come? In order that he might make worshippers out of rebels. We were created to worship. Worship is the normal employment of moral beings. Worship is a moral imperative. Worship is the missing jewel in modern evangelicalism.”

“Worship means to feel in the heart and to express in some appropriate manner what you feel.” Worship rises or falls with our concept of God.”

Finding our way back to union with God is the joy of every thoughtful creative, for whom God is of central importance.  We seek the transcendent God who is seeking us. Jesus, fully God and fully man, gives us a glimpse of what a human life looks like when listening for and doing God’s will in daily life.

How fortunate is the man and woman who can say from personal experience, “heaven came down and glory filled my soul!”

 

Posted in Staublog in April 23, 2013 by | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to Don Draper, Dante and Me. The Lost Pathway.

  1. ST042313 | Dick Staub on April 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    […] Crazy enough it was the first episode of Madmen that reminded me of the exquisite first line of Dante’s Inferno, “Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.” What is the way that humans universally have lost? Read More: […]

  2. Margaret Mills on April 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Really liked this. Thanks for reminding me of my priorities.

  3. Brian H. on April 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Dick:

    Why do you think Tozer said worship is the missing jewel in modern evangelicalism. I think a lot of people would say that they’re more free to worship, or worshipful, than at other times in history. Any thoughts?

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