Feb 29, 2016

Contemporary Hymn: Prodigal (Luke 15)

Here’s a new hymn text inspired by Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 (the parable of the Prodigal Son).  It was written by Colleen Kristula.  She wrote it to be sung to the tune for “Open my eyes that I may see.”  (Listen here.)  

Prodigal

When we are farthest from our God, lost in a strange and foreign world,
Hungry and empty, homeless and poor, weary of wandering, weak and worn,
God runs the pathway to our hearts, opening arms that bring new starts.
“Celebrate now, my child is found!” God cries with joy.

When we are tempted to deny God’s grace to others we despise;
When we cry out: “Unworthy! Unfair!  That such a sinner has a share!”
God seeks us in our righteous pride, pleading with us to come inside:
“Celebrate now, my child is found!” God cries with joy.

Hope is our God who welcome brings music, new sandals, robes and rings.
Grace is the table set for the feast, offered to all, from great to least.
Love is forgiving when we stray, Love is affirming when we stay.
“Celebrate now, my child is found!” God cries with joy.

~ Copyright © 1998 by Colleen Kristula.  The author gives permission for this hymn to be used in worship, as long as credit is given.