Lent (Day 4): Distant Land

These are lyrics to a song that as of late I have found very moving, it’s called “Distant Land” by Lost & Found:

She left her home; she’d had enough one day
Now she’s alone, she didn’t know what to say
Calling a friend, she didn’t mean to fight
When will it end? Where is God tonight?

EVERYBODY’S BEEN TO A DISTANT LAND
FEELING FAR FROM THE FATHER’S HAND
STILL THERE’S ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS
EVEN IN A DISTANT LAND

He’s got these friends they say all must be free
He reads with them books on philosophy
But people I know call them their enemies
Maybe that’s so, or maybe it’s hard to see

EVERYBODY’S BEEN TO A DISTANT LAND
FEELING FAR FROM THE FATHER’S HAND
STILL THERE’S ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS
EVEN IN A DISTANT LAND

From the time he was born we had it in for him
People be warned that man is full of sin
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief
Oh my god why have you forsaken me

EVERYBODY’S BEEN TO A DISTANT LAND
FEELING FAR FROM THE FATHER’S HAND
STILL THERE’S ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS
HE’S BEEN IN A DISTANT LAND
HE’S BEEN IN A DISTANT LAND

 

Continuing along in this theme of “leaving home” that I wrote about yesterday, one of the observations that is impacting to us as we observe Lent is that we are not left alone in our “distant lands”. Like the younger brother in the story of the prodigal son(s) in Luke’s gospel, we have all went on far off journeys hoping to “discover” ourselves and our identities. We do this in any number of ways, and we do this over and over. But as we study the gospel closely and become aware of the mission of Jesus, we realize that it is into those distant lands that Jesus goes to reach the lost sons and daughters of God the Father. Jesus the performing the true mission of what the elder brother was supposed to do. What is even more remarkable is that Jesus himself becomes a prodigal, leaving the home and embrace of heaven, to bring us back to where we truly belong. This is the story we are called to, to recognize our ways of being lost and to be found in Christ. But (and this is very vital) the point is not to be finished there, but instead become those who seek out and love other prodigals and help to bring them home.

May we take up this mission daily. Amen.

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