Carole King’s Tapestry album was the soundtrack for my teens. The album somehow found each part of me and gave it voice.
One of the songs that has been sounding in my being this past week is the song “Home Again”. It begins: “Sometimes I wonder if I’m ever going to make it home again, it’s so far and out of sight. I really need someone to talk to and nobody else knows how to comfort me tonight.”
Besides the fact that the song is soul-woven, it has sung in my heart because of the power of the story of the Prodigal. Jesus tells a story about a man who loses himself in the so-many distractions that can lead us to groundlessness. Jesus tells us that the man “came to himself” and decided that he wanted to return home to the place where he is known and taken in, stupendous stumbles and all.
It is our story in so many ways, is the story of the Prodigal. We sing the song of “Home Again” so many times in our lives.
We wander seeking home throughout our lives. We convince ourselves that home can be found in chemicals or time fritters or shopping or something someplace someway that will take away the great lonely of living. We wander and long and wonder and then, oh then, we come to ourselves and remember Home.
Home in the great expanse of the Holy whose song dances through us yet. Home in the wrap of claiming and welcome that awaits us if we would but cease our scurry.
Home in the heart of God; taken in, welcomed and fussed over are we.