5_pointofknowreturnToday you get a couple tunes from a band that holds a special place in my heart. Though the lyrics are not always where I would go, they did, however, make me think about my faith when I was young.  Today’s lesson from Ezra is about the joy of return!  Kansas Point of No Return came out when I was a youngster and is one of my all-time favorites. The eponymous title track is a dearly loved song. The second song, Journey from Mariabronn is from a much earlier Kansas album, and the reason I touched on it, is that it too deals with the struggle of old and young in some ways.  Ezra touches on not just the Joy of the return to Jerusalem and the hope of what is next, it also gives a nod to those who morn the necessity of the exile, and destruction of the temple, knowing they will never see those days for good or ill again.  This relationship struggle has been part of my life as a history museum executive director and as a pastor.  Caught between the good of what was and the good of what is yet to be. Released in 1974, on their first album.  I understnad that this song was inspired by Narcissus and Goldmund (German: Narziß und Goldmund; also published as Death and the Lover) a novel written by the German–Swiss author Hermann Hesse which was first published in 1930.  So here ya go…



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