One of my favorite hymns was written over 250 years ago by Robert Robinson. One verse comes and goes so quickly that if we're not paying attention the melody will easily carry us into the next compelling stanza.
But if we pause for a moment on the lyric - prone to wander, Lord I feel it, we'll realize that these seven words summarize the inclination and journey of every human heart.
Sometimes strong, sometimes subtle, our hearts feel a strange pull to leave home and wander in foreign lands in search of something other.
In response to all this wondering, the forty days of Lent can be summed up with one powerful word – Return. Many times over the course of our lives we leave the well-marked path of wisdom. We wander, we take short-cuts, we blaze our own trail and eventually without fail -
we get lost.
When the pain of our wandering forces us to be slow down, we can begin to sense a homing beacon inside of us. We listen and hear a compassionate voice whispering in the depths of our hearts.
Lent is an invitation to tune our ear and listen to that voice calling us home.