As promised, this week has had a theme. It’s been about our wayward or lost angels that we want to come home or at least find happiness. I have been thinking of this theme for some time but here are the tidbits of inspiration I thought of as I tried to pull it together and do it some justice.
In a General Conference talk from October 2017, Stephen W. Owen shared a talk titled “Repentance is Always Positive.” In it, he shared the parable of the Prodigal Son. He emphasized the phrase that the wayward son “came to himself” and returned home ( Luke 15:11–32.)
A couple of months later, I read the gospels in preparation for Easter. As I came to the parable of the prodigal son I started thinking of the phrase he “came to himself.” What exactly does that take to wake up and realize you want to go home?
Also about this time I listened to this Lari White song. A few times. Look Homeward Angel. Something about the lyrics reminded me of someone I knew once and missed. More than anything I wanted this person to come “to himself” and come home.
I heard this song for the first time recently. It seemed to fit in my current pondering mode. “Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton.
Homeward Looking Angel by Pam Tillis has this great line “She’s a homeward looking angel and she’s feeling mighty tired. She went gunning for glory but her bullets all misfired. And that girl looking back in the mirror, Lord, made such a mess of things. And she’s leaving in the morning soon as she can find her wings. Soon as she can find her wings. Homeward looking angel.”
All of this came together and I tried to write my own thoughts on the matter and stay original. I hope I succeeded.