The parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) is probably one of Jesus’s best loved stories. It’s featured in countless sermons and songs. Here are two of my favourite songs on this theme (one brand new, one a bit older…):

Come Back Home (Kutless)
How long till you come to the end of your reckless streak?
How long till the freedom weighs you down?
How long till your heart figures out that you need me?
How long until you turn around?

When you come back home
I’ll be running out to meet you,
When you come back home
You’ll find that I’ve never left you.
You’ll see every wrong turn, every bridge you’ve burned –
It’s all forgiven and gone
When you come back home
When you come back home

I wanna see that face that I’ve been missing so much
I want to wrap my arms around your neck
I want to welcome you back to the place where you belong
I want to show you love has never left

I’ve paid the price, so have no fear
There’s nothing but mercy here yeah

Mercy is waiting
When you come back home

Come Home Running (Chris Tomlin)

Oh heart of mine, why must you stray?
From one so fair you run away
And one more time you have to pay
The heaviness of needless shame

Oh heart of mine, come back home
You’ve been too long out on your own
And He’s been there all along
Watching for you down the road

So come home running
His arms are open wide
His name is Jesus
He understands
He is the answer
You are looking for
So come home running
Just as you are

Oh child of God so dearly loved
And ransomed by the Saviour’s blood
And called by name, daughter and son
Wrapped in the robe of righteousness