The admirable EH Looney – an orthospherean through and through, let it be noted, and so our ally and friend (witly or not), whose site I visit daily – has in a recent short post subtly erred, in three different and interesting ways. An Orthodox Christian who admires Rome with fervent intelligence, he nevertheless writes with eyes open:
I tend to fall into believing that I am held to a higher standard than everyone else in the Kingdom. Satan is sneaky and tells me there’s grace for all except me.
And in times when I’m believing his lies, my lifestyle clearly shifts. I become much less vulnerable with the people I love. I don’t talk about my sin. I frantically obsess about maintaining a positive image both in real life and on social media. I’m awake much later into the night due to the worrying and lack of peace. It’s so hard to pray during these seasons because I feel like God is disappointed in me.
This book begins with yet another invocation (or proem), this time to Urania. Urania, the muse of astronomy, was refashioned by a 16th-c. French poet Du Bartas, into the muse of Christian poetry. But Milton gives her yet another twist – she is the sister of Divine Wisdom, the allegorical feminine figure described in the biblical Book of Proverbs. Milton asks her to help him come down on the Pegasus of his poetic inspiration from Heaven to Earth, so that he doesn’t tumble down.
I am having a “celebrate me” day today. That may sound arrogant and self-serving, but I think that even my Heavenly Father, my Lord Jesus, and the angels are celebrating along with me. You see, they know what I have been through and the fact that I have been able to reach this small hallmark of a day is an accomplishment and a cause for celebration.