The Prodigal Father
Many of us will hear the beloved parable of The Prodigal Son tomorrow as the gospel is read in church. I have spent time this week reflecting on the story, finding so very many ways to look at it and interpret it.
This haunting musical rendition of it reminded me of the importance of remembering that we can also call the Father's love and forgiveness "prodigal", recklessly extravagant as he opens his arms unconditionally to his returning son, overwhelming him with love and forgiveness.
"Lay down your burdens, find rest in me" God says to us when we turn and return. Even when we are distant God comes near.
I hope you find comfort in this piece.
When I was distant from my Lord Opposing his plans and ignoring his word My stubborn desire left me at war When I was distant from my Lord When I was reckless on my own Avoiding the ruin my choices had sown A prodigal lost and far from home When I was reckless on my own There in the shadow of my sin Unable to dwell with my Maker again Ashamed and afraid and wearing thin There in the shadow of my sin Then came my loving Savior’s plea: “Lay down your burdens; find rest in me; All faint and all weary, come and see.” Then came my loving Savior’s plea When I was distant, God came near Enduring the evil, the torment and fear That beauty and wonder could appear When I was distant, God came near This moving song performance was part of the Digital Vespers service for Good Friday 2020 at City Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. To view the full service, click here.