Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now
I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.
- (200) There is no peace except the peace of God.
Let me not wander from the way of peace, for I am lost on other roads than this. But let me follow Him Who leads me home, and peace is certain as the Love of God.
I am not a body. I am free, for I am still as God created me.
Praying: “Let me not wander from the way of peace, for I am lost on other roads than this” – brought to mind one of my favorite series – Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men. The shows use of imagined characters Donald Draper and his cronies at Sterling Cooper Advertising brilliantly captures the insane ego and the false desires it creates in the Sons of God. Mad Men opens with black silhouettes of the poor guy plummeting from the building, tumbling past the sexy, alluring ads that he helped create, nobody and nothing reaching out a hand to save him. The end is certain; however, before his shadow figure meets its demise, Mad Men takes us back to the suave Mr. Draper in the sophisticated poses – seated languorously on a low-back sofa, smoking a cigarette, a drink in hand, in his city-view New York office, where the fall began.
My heart always goes out to poor Dick Whitman/Don Draper, the handsome, mini king of posers, far more so than the predators who ride piggyback upon his apparent success while preying upon his penurious lack of belonging, identity, purpose, and meaning.
Clearly, my sympathy towards the fictional Don Draper stems from identifying with him. Like Don, I spent the better part of my life ignoring the grieving child within, posing as a made-up version of self, resigning to the false sense of love and belonging the ego offers in the special, but erratic, harrowing, tricky relationships of family, friends, and foes.
It’s not just Don and me! There’s a mini king of posers in all of us, living our false selves because we have forgotten who and what we are and where we belong. May we all follow Him Who leads us home and there find peace as sure as the Love of God. Amen.