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Lost and Found, Safe and Sound (Home Again)

November 1, 2011
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I once said that it was impossible to pick a favourite song by Mumford & Sons. Last time I chose to look at Sigh No More, the title track of their first album (you can read the article here). This time I thought we’d have a look at Thistle and Weeds (click on the link to listen)…

This song brings two parables to mind.

Firstly, the Parable of the Lost Son, who squandered his inheritance and ended up feeding pigs for a living – corrupted by the simple sniff of riches blown (M&Sons) – before returning home in the hope that he might be a servant in his father’s house. Jesus recounts the story in Luke’s gospel:

“There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men 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 men.’ So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

I’ll save the second parable which After the Storm brings to mind for another time.

You can read the whole of the parable of the lost son (including his brother’s reaction) here.

Talking of Home Again, Michael Kiwanuka’s song by the same name is well-worth listening to. You can watch him perform it live in Paris below:

Listen to the cello-accompanied version here. Simply beautiful.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2011 10:13

    very interesting blog! I look forward to following. Thanks for your lovely comments today!

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