Teshuvah, a longing deep inside, one wants to return home, to abide,
to return to Father's firm embrace, to His loving, searching, smiling face.
Prodigals, we take and use, plunder, spoil and abuse
His blessings and inheritance, on fleshly urgings, happenstance.
We run so far, "escaping rules", we run with beggars, thieves and fools,
knowing that it is not best, longing so, at times, to rest.
But we long for fleshly "rights to be", the price we pay, security,
of home and love and boundaries, the true confines of liberty.
For liberty is not contained in reckless, lawless, good-disdained,
wanton, twisted, truth defiling, though it be tempting and beguiling.
Liberty is not the right to me, to make me what I think to be,
but finding that anointed place that G-d's ordained for us each by His grace.
Liberty is running free, but within His ordained boundary.
Free to do the righteous choice, free, your real desires to voice!
Free of sinful appetites, free to choose of His delights.
Free of fickle lady luck, bad choices that have run a-muck.
Finally free to really live, whole, and healed, so we can give,
the Honor and praise that are really due, free to run back home to You!
The journey home, though it be far, and can't be made by bus or car,
the journey home, the place to start is found in a repentant heart.
So as the Shofars blow and blow, and as the seasons come and go,
We should do as the commandments say, and begin Teshuvah right away.
One thing is certain, and we've always known, You will be waiting there at home,
with arms wide open to receive, the minute that we first believe,
You'll welcome us, with love and care, and let us know we're welcome there.
And we may snuggle into Your chest, and finally know that blessed rest,
that lovely feel of guiltless grace, that sweet light of that welcome face!
Ah home sweet home, we long for You, so we will make Teshuvah too!
Our heart burns so, we know not how, so we will make Teshuvah now!
And when we get there we'll finally know the Liberty we longed for so!
Sandra Carlton Duncan