As we are still not permitted to sing in church, here is the well-known parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) in F major.

Feeling footloose and frisky, a feather-brained fellow, Fred, forced his fond father to fork over his farthings.

Fred flew far, to fancy foreign fields finding foolish frivolities, frequent fornication and fabulous feasting with faithless friends and fillies. So, he frittered father’s fortune. Fleeced by his fellows-in-folly fully fatigued and facing famine, Fred found himself functioning as a feed-flinger in a filthy farmyard with fungus face and a fist full of fresh fragrant fertiliser. Fairly famished, he fain would have filled his frame with foraged food from the fodder fragments.

“Far out and fooey! What a fiasco! My father’s flunkies fare far fancier!” the frazzled fugitive fumed feverishly, frankly facing facts.

Freezing, frightened, frustrated by failure and filled with foreboding, Fred, following his feeling, fled forthwith from the filthy foreign farmyard to his family. 

Faraway, the father focusing on the fretful familiar form in the field flew to Fred, fondly flinging his forearms around the fatigued fugitive. Falling at his father’s feet, Fred forlornly fumbled, “Father, I have flunked and fruitlessly forfeited family favour.”

Fortunately for Fred, the far-sighted, faithful father, forestalling further flinching, forgiving, and forgetting Fred’s failings, frantically flagged the flunkies: “Fantastic! Fetch the finest fatling from the flock and fix a feast! Furnish Fred with fashionable flannel!”

Faithfully, the father’s first-born, Farley, was in a fertile field fixing fences while father, fugitive and family were feeling festive. The fugitive’s fraternal faultfinder flew into a fury, frowning on the fickle forgiveness of former folderol. “Fred’s a fool!” said Farley. His fury flashed, but fussing was futile. For the faithful father figured, “Filial fidelity is fine, Farley, but the fugitive is found! What forbids fervent festivity? Unfurl the flags! Find the fiddles and flutes! Let fanfares flare! Let fun and frolic freely flow!”

Former failure’s forgotten; folly forsaken! Father’s forgiveness forms the foundation for former fugitive’s future fortitude!

[adapted from Graham H Twelftree: Your Point Being…? (Monarch Books, 2003) p. 194.]

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