Behind The Lyrics
A song that openly speaks how we can fall away from our faith at times. Bob Carlisle formed such a fervently heavy mood with it. This is a story about a man who tests a monastery priest on the peace and refuge of the monastic life. He finds out one thing. Just like those who live outside the monastery’s walls, even priests fall down sometimes. Carlisle is attracted to the standpoint that this man has. Having met this monk on the outside of the monastery envying his life, he thought that it must be better in there than out here in the real world. The core message of the song is for us to find the grace of God to be unquestionably and precisely enough for our lives. We need not say and ask more.
Disappointment followed him home, he’d hoped for so much more
But he saw himself in a light he had never seen before
‘Cause if the priest who fell could find the grace of God to be enough
Then there must be some hope for the rest of us
There must be some hope left for us.
The Gospel Counterpart
Taking into account the “Parable of the Lost Son”, the son had questioned his life. Having the desire to go out and explore the world, He asked for his share to set off. He used his share for vices, wealth and rough living. Then came severe famine. He came to a point where he has nothing left. He worked for a very rich man who sent him to take care of pigs. And,
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.
Like the lost son, just as when we were a child taking our first steps in life, we fall down, get up and try again. At times, we feel less loved and valued and find comfort in others. We want to get a different life than what we already have. The song encourages us to carry our faith and perseverance to get back to our Father Almighty because His grace is more than enough.
The lyrics were sung from Carlisle’s heart. Listen and share this with your prayer and faith buddies.