Lost and Found: To See the Face of God in the Person of Jesus Christ (Dante Paradise XXXIII)

Eidos | 4/18/2019 | Staff
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We don’t really need a map home. Stop. Look. He is here.

Once one of our children decided to stay at Disneyland, when we decided to go. He waited and slipped away, running back to Fantasy Land and the rides. We started heading out and quickly missed him.

Stomach - Hurt - Security - Ten - Minutes

I was not too worried, he would turn up if I called. He did not. My stomach hurt and I started looking everywhere. Security began to appear: ten minutes, fifteen minutes. I was not frantic, yet, but was sweating in a cool California night. Where was he?

One man put his hand to his ear and said: “We’ve found him.”

Health - Throne - Mickey - Plush - Members

He was lost and now was found. Health returned immediately and we could laugh when we saw him seated on a throne with a giant Mickey plush surrounded by adoring cast members. He was not just found, he was happy.

The motion from fear, confusion, sorrow, anger to love, clarity, happiness, and joy was sudden and complete. Our son had not in fact been lost: he knew where he was all the time and was always safe. His parents were lost without him and we were miserable.

End - Longfellow - Translation - Dante - Paradise

As I came to an end of Longfellow’s translation of Dante’s Paradise, I thought of those feelings. The little lost boy wasn’t, the parents were: lost, feeling little in a big world. God is not like our son in that God did not run away.

The similarity was in the feeling that is behind a question I asked: “Where is God?” At one point of my life, I wondered and started looking as if God had wandered off. That is a sickening feeling. I was entirely wrong, having wandered off, sleep walking until waking up lost wondering where God had gone. When...
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