Lost. The Metaphor.

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Wednesday nights millions gather around the TV where survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, Jack, Kate, John Locke, Sayid and Claire try to cope with being lost on an unknown island¢â‚¬¦

The fact is the real “Lost” are humans on a planet called earth, where, separated from God, they give evidence of a deep longing for something missing.

Artists and songwriters through the centuries have given voice to our shared yearning. Goethe called it our “holy longing,” philosopher Sƒ¸ren Kierkegaard referred to “sickness unto death,” pilgrim poet Bashō searched for “a glimpse of the under-glimmer,” described as “the undersong” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Artist Gauguin cries out through his art, “Why are we here? Where do we come from? Where are we going?”

Joni Mitchell sings, “We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,” “and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.”Jim Morrison’s voice cries out from beyond his Parisian grave,” let me tell you about heartache and the loss of god. Wandering, wandering in hopeless night.”

Today it is very popular to talk about story and poet Robert Graves reminds us that ours is a universal story one: “much snow is falling, winds roar hollowly, the owl hoots from the elder. Fear in your heart cries to the loving-cup: sorrow to sorrow as the sparks fly upward. The log groans and confesses: There is one story and one story only.”

Our one story and one story only begins with humans created in God’s image, then proceeds to a rebellion that alienates us from God. It is a story of God seeking us even when we do not seek God. It is a story of God’s offer of a new start¢â‚¬¦A reunion¢â‚¬¦And the beginning of God’s restoring his image in people like you and me¢â‚¬¦

The TV show “Lost” is entertainment¢â‚¬¦

The real story of our communal loss of God is deadly serious. The thoughtful creative for whom God is of central importance knows the story of the real lost and knows how the lost can and will be found.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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