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Prodigal journey

From the October 2015 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Prodigal journey

See Luke, chapter 15

it wasn’t until
I found myself begging
for the privilege
of feeding pigs
and saw
that they were a sight
far more precious
than I
in the eyes of their citizen

that I could see
how far I had fallen
in my own eyes:

desperate for husks
discarded by pigs
all my pearls squandered
my heart a famished wasteland

suddenly riches seemed so simple:
all I wanted was bread
a bed
a place to serve

and I could see that
what my Father had really given to me
couldn’t be wasted
hadn’t run out
but lay hidden
a well-spring within me

the journey home felt light
there was no need to rush
the rubble had been cleared
the way made plain

the look
in His eyes
what I had already gleaned
arms wide open
air pulsating with song:

no end child
no end to this love

—Joni Overton-Jung

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