I somehow missed TGC’s call for songs for the book of Luke, and only found out because Bruce Benedict posted his submission last night (be sure to check his song out, it’s a bluesy take on Jesus’ temptation in the desert). Anyhow, the point is that the deadline is tomorrow…. so I wrote a song today. Well, I came up with the chorus before I went to bed, but this is a 24hr job. Usually I would let songs ‘stew’ and work on them over a longer period of time, but sometimes a deadline is a good motivator. The song Prodigal Grace is what I submitted.
I decided to take Luke 15 as a basis, pretty much because I preached on it about 18 months ago, so I could draw on the text work I’d done for that. The lyrics invoke the imagery of the three parables in Luke 15: the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the two sons (aka the prodigal son).
Have a listen, and let me know what you think:
Here is the chord chart, and here are the lyrics:
Like a coin lost in the darkness and the dust
Like a helpless lamb who wandered astray
I was separated, in the wilderness
Taking all your gifts, I squandered them away
You came to seek and save the lost
You sought me, and you bought me at so great a cost
I’ve been far away, but I’m drawing back to you
Father forgive me, and clothe me anew
You run with open arms just to welcome me home
You gave your only son just to call me your own
I can never fathom all this prodigal grace you show
From the mess of sin please make clean again
Light of God with us please show the way
As the shepherd takes the lost sheep in his arms
On your shoulders my transgressions lay
When I’m welcomed back into your family
Let me show the very grace that you have shown to me
I rejoice with all the angels over sinners saved
For I know that my salvation is so undeserved
Copyright (c) 2012 Andrew Finden.