Friday, May 12, 2006

The Prodigal's Return (Song)

I can't write music - but sometimes I just get a melody in my heart, and words flow to that tune. I woke up this afternoon with part of this song going through my mind - most of the time that happens, whatever song was there is lost as soon as the brain cells awaken fully. This time the first verse wouldn't leave me, so I kept hammering at it until I was satisfied. I hope it is a blessing to you. I love the story of the Prodigal Son.

The Prodigal’s Return

The Far Country could never satisfy,
Oh what a foolish soul I have been.
I’ve come to myself, and I wonder now,
Will my Heavenly Father take me in?

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned –
I have wandered astray for many days;
Now broken inside, I’m coming home again –
I’m so tired of my wayward ways.

My thoughts run faster than my feet can go –
What kind of reception awaits me there?
No, I won’t falter, I have to know,
“Will He receive me?” my only prayer.

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.
No more wandering about in a daze –
Cleanse my heart, make me whole again,
Restore the joys of yesterdays.

What is that on the horizon?
Is that my Father waiting there?
A thousand thoughts hedge my ways…

But with arms opened wide,
He receives me to Himself;
My heart’s so filled with love and praise.

Like the Prodigal, I’ve come home again,
So tired of my wayward ways –
Now a peace within and a song of joy;
My heart’s so filled with endless praise.

My heart’s so filled with endless praise…

May 12th/06
Jerry Bouey

Luke 15:17-20 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.


Throwback 13 said...

I can almost hear the music as I read it. I hope someone finds a tune for it. It is good music already.

Jerry Bouey said...

A friend of mine, who is a pastor in Australia, has said he would pass the song on to his daughter to see what she could do with it. Then he would send me the music for it, if anyone else would like to play it. I am looking forward to seeing how that will work! :)

Jerry Bouey said...

I just wanted to add this, for those who like hearing about follow-ups.

I preached on "The Lord Looseth The Prisoners" from (Psalm 146 and Isaiah 61:1-2), and used Manasseh's story as my main message - showing his rebellion and sin, then his repentance and salvation - as an example of God's mercy and forgiveness to even the worst of sinners when they repent and turn to the Lord for salvation. This poem was a good cap to the message - though the poem is dealing more with a believer who wanders from the Lord and comes back to Him. I had an opportunity to sow further seed after that as well, plus give a Gospel tract to a man that was really open. Praying that he gets saved. With the preaching at the Gospel Mission there is no altar call (as soon as the devotional message is finished, everyone lines up for dinner), so sometimes it is hard to know people's responses to the message (I can see how they react as they are hearing it, but don't know if the message took root in their hearts). But with time spent one on one with individuals, I can follow that up and see how it bears fruit.

For all you preachers out there, do you get excited about the messages you preach? Sometimes I feel just like Jeremiah - musing on the message until it burns within and you've got to share it with others. I hope I never lose that fervency and excitement from studying and preaching/teaching God's Word!

Kate said...

What a blessing this was to me Bro. Jerry! I pray that the music will soon follow! I would love to hear it :-)

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