Day 16: A song that has made you cry

The first time I saw the title, I was like... God doesn't run from anything. He's God. Oh, but he runs to us. That's beautiful. 

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, 'Father, I want right now what's coming to me.'

So the father divided the property between them. It wasn't long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

That brought him to his senses. He said, 'All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I'm going back to my father. I'll say to him, Father, I've sinned against God, I've sinned before you; I don't deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.' He got right up and went home to his father.

When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: 'Father, I've sinned against God, I've sinned before you; I don't deserve to be called your son ever again.'

But the father wasn't listening. He was calling to the servants, 'Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We're going to feast! We're going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!' And they began to have a wonderful time.

All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day's work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, 'Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.'

The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn't listen. The son said, 'Look how many years I've stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!'

His father said, 'Son, you don't understand. You're with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he's alive! He was lost, and he's found!'

Many people read this and they're like, oh, the younger son is obviously the born-again Christian, and the older son is the self-righteous Pharisee-not-me. But I've always identified with the older son more. Second childs are troublesome. Why can't you just sit down and behave yourself, I think. Why is it so hard for you to just obey the rules. What's the point of rebelling, you're making life difficult for everyone. I am the Pharisee. The older son never physically left, but his heart was just as far away as the younger son's was. And it's equally beautiful when he finally realizes and comes home, too. And I swear, the church is more full of older sons today than younger sons. The tragedy is that they don't know it. I was one. Let's not forget about the older sons, eh? Pharisees can be redeemed, too. 


Day 14: A song that reminds you of your boyfriend/girlfriend

Because he sang it with a small a capella group at his church and a video of it ended up on facebook and I ended up liking the song a lot.


Day 13: A song that reminds you of a former friend

(only the first 3 min)
Ok super random... but when I was in 3rd grade, some kid in my class named Kasper rapped part of the chorus, and then I forgot about it. I did not hear it for the next 11 years. A month or two ago, I was sitting outside Foodworx doing my stuff, and this song played on the radio. And I remembered Kasper. When I hear that part of the chorus, I still see him rapping it, and then stopping and saying, What, you don't know that song? I have no idea what happened to Kasper because he moved at the end of that year.

In other news, loner marathon studying is killing me. I really miss those days of studying with my chem honors buddies. That was stressful too, but at least it wasn't depressing.


Day 12: The last song you heard

On Donald's Facebook. Pretty cool, eh?


Day 11: A song on the soundtrack of your favorite movie

From the Return of the King of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Of course. Because Sam is a hero and saves not only the world, but Frodo too, even after Frodo rejects him, and he's so self-sacrificing in his undying love and loyalty to Frodo, who bears the burden of the world!! I've heard that we all need a Sam in our lives... how about if we all try to be a Sam to someone?

Ironically this song is played during the credits of the movie.


Day 9: A song that makes you hopeful

Ahhh, the day I was waiting for. I've been waiting to share this amazing song. :]


Day 8: A song that reminds you of your "first love"

Ignoring the fact that "first love" is a collocation... I take "first" to mean first in priority, not first in time. :]


Day 7: A song that reminds you of the past summer

I will shut up and try not to complain too much about my schedule cuz there's nothing to be done by complaining. Some good news is that I'm actually liking my metabolic biochem class. Some other good news is that I have MWF very free. Some more good news is that I love the weather today.

Ummm I didn't have a very memorable summer, but this song because one day during my physics class, my professor started rapping the beginning of this song when talking about waking up in the morning.