I came across this video recently on YouTube. It uses a song from our Sons & Daughters album, The Prodigal, written by the brother/sister team of Ryan and Meghan Baird. When I first watched it, I was unexpectedly moved by the way the animation communicated the meaning of the lyrics. I quickly forgot that I was watching a video and was drawn into the reality of the Father's intimate, forgiving, personal love for those he has made his own in Jesus Christ. Good art has a way of pointing our eyes to what matters most. Here are the lyrics: You held out Your arms, I walked awayInsolent I spurned Your faceSquandering the gifts You gave to meHolding close forbidden thingsDestitute a rebel still, a fool in all my prideThe world I once enjoyed is death to meNo joy, no hope, no life Where now are the friends, that I had boughtGone with every penny lostWhat hope could there be for such as ISold out to a world of liesOh, to see Your face again, it seems so distant nowCould it be that You would take me backA servant in Your house You held out Your arms, I see them stillYou never left, You never willRunning to embrace me, now I knowYour cords of love will always holdMercy's robe, a ring of graceSuch favor undeservedYou sing over me and celebrateThe rebel now Your child© 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP). I did some research and found out that a guy named Chris Powers made the video. Chris recently graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio with a major in Video Production. He got married last August and since then he's been working as Video Director at Grace Community Church. He puts videos like this together for his church, but I'm sure he'd be open to outside work. If you'd like his email address, contact me. And may his tribe increase, for the glory of the Savior. Bob Kauflin travelled with the Christian group GLAD for eight years as a songwriter and arranger before becoming a pastor with Sovereign Grace Ministries in 1985. He is now the Director of Worship Development for Sovereign Grace, overseeing its music projects and teaching on congregational worship. He blogs at Worshipmatters.com and hosts the biennial WorshipGod Conference. He and his wife, Julie, have six children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.