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Josiah Queen’s Fresh Sound, Hopeful Message in “The Prodigal”

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? If so, you’re not alone. Found in some of the freshest tunes on Life 90.5, artist Josiah Queen admits to the same feeling in the song “The Prodigal.” After resonating with an audience on social media, the young singer finally lands on your radio. The sound is new and fresh, but the familiar message of hope and encouragement continues the same goal of pointing people to Jesus. Read on to find out what Josiah says about the song, be reminded of the biblical story, and then hear the song for yourself.

JOSIAH’S COMMENTS ON “THE PRODIGAL”

Josiah Queen Prodigal

In describing the heart behind the song, Josiah references our common need for Jesus alone to satisfy us. Here’s what he had to say:

Jesus tells the story in the Bible about the son who once lived in his father‘s house and had everything he needed and yet he traded it all and got rid of it all so that he can go seek after money and fame and satisfaction he would receive from his friends. And at the end of this road of wandering he gets to a place where he realizes that none of this stuff actually satisfied anything in his heart. So he decides to go back to his father‘s house. We’ve all been at a point in our lives at one time where we try to find satisfaction in money or fame, or all those things. But the truth is that nothing else can satisfy the desires in our heart, except for being in the presence of God. If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, this song is for you.

It’s so true! Jesus is the only thing that can satisfy. And if you’ve run away to chase everything else, you’re invited to come back today. In fact, you’re invited back with wide open arms.

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THE BIBLE STORY

You might’ve heard this parable a thousand times in church. But take a moment to read through the short story Josiah references. Ask God to reveal just how willing He really is to welcome back the prodigal.

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.

12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “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.

14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “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!

18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 

20 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.

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

22 “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.

23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.

24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Luke 15:11-24

What beautiful things do you find in this prodigal story? Tell us about it in the comments!

LISTEN TO "THE PRODIGAL"

SONG LYRICS

I’ve been sick and tired
Of being sick and tired
Searching far and wide
For something that feels real
I need something real
I don’t want to lose my soul
Chasing after things that don’t lead
Me straight to you
I’m lost in the feeling
That I ain’t from this world
Going Back to Eden
Ain’t gonna be easy
But it leads me straight to you
Now I’m running home
Like the Prodigal
I don’t need the money
I don’t want the fame
I don’t want what I can’t take
With me in the grave
I don’t want to lose my soul
Chasing after things that don’t lead
Me straight to you
I’m lost in the feeling
That I ain’t from this world
Going Back to Eden
Ain’t gonna be easy
But it leads me straight to you
Now I’m running home
Like the Prodigal
I don’t want to lose my soul
Chasing after things that don’t lead
Me straight to you
I don’t want to lose my gaze
When I meet you face to face
Well done, welcome home
Now I’m running home,
Like the prodigal
I’m lost in the feeling
that I ain’t from this world
The Going Back to Eden
Ain’t gonna be easy
But it leads me straight to you
Now I’m running home
Like the Prodigal
Lost in the feeling
That I ain’t from this world
The Going Back to Eden
Ain’t gonna be easy
But it leads me straight to you
Now I’m running home
Like the Prodigal

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