LENT 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #40 – “Carry On My Wayward Son” – Kansas
Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Written for their 1976 album, “Leftoverture,” “Carry On My Wayward Son,” by American Rock and Roll band Kansas would go on to peak at Number 11 on the Billboard Charts, becoming the band’s first single to crack the top 40.
The song, with anthemic lyrics like, “Carry on my wayward son, there’ll be peace when you are done,” speak of persevering through adversity and struggles. These themes are not foreign to the Gospel. While Steve Walsh harmonically sings, “lay your weary head to rest, don’t you cry no more,” with the rest of his band, Jesus has similar words for his followers in Matthew 11: 28, saying, ” “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” No matter what trials we may find ourselves going through, we have a savior who will see us through it all, and will provide not only the endurance we need, but also a sense of peace and comfort as we continue moving forward.
Comforting Savior, you know the struggles in our lives and in our hearts. Give us the courage to face our hardships with the confidence that you will always provide us with the support and reassurance we need. Amen.