SongofGoodNewsSubmitted by Tudi Smith

by Gregory Norbert

“Come back to me with all your heart.

Don’t let fear keep us apart.

Trees do bend though straight and tall;

so must we to others call.

Long have I waited for your coming home to me

and living deeply our new life.”

The whole hymn is based on the book of Hosea, but I relate the lyrics to the parable of the prodigal son.  No matter what we have done, God is waiting for us with open arms.

In small problems and large problems, I should not fear God. When the trivial is blown out of proportion, and I’m too ashamed to ask God for guidance, or when large events overwhelm me, and I feel too lost to go to God, I find it very comforting to know that God is waiting with love and forgiveness so I can start fresh.

Thank you, Lord, for your unending love and forgiveness.  When I am lost, lead me back to you.

These devotions were written by Immanuel members reflecting upon their favorite worship hymns and songs as part of the SONG OF GOOD NEWS! Stewardship Focus.