LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #34 – “Boys of Summer” – Don Henley
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
If my summer of 2004 while a college student at the University of Maryland can be defined by one song, it was the Ataris cover of Don Henley’s classic, “Boys of Summer,” off of their 2003 album, “So Long, Astoria,” which my friends and I rarely removed from my car stereo. However, it was the original song, released in 1984, that gave the former Eagles vocalist his first, solo Grammy award.
The song is a soaring emotional rock anthem that touches at the heart of anyone scorned by a romance they simply couldn’t move on from. By the lyrics, it would appear that everything from an “empty lake [and] empty streets,” to a “Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac,” reminds the singer of a former lover that has left him for somebody new. The prophets speak of a God who shares these feelings when it comes to us. Joel 2: 12-13 reads, “Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your hearts…for [God] is merciful and compassionate, very patient, full of faithful love, and ready to forgive.” No matter where we go in life, no matter what bad decisions and mistakes we make, the Lord will forever be waiting for us to return to God’s loving arms of grace.
Forgiving God, we are bound to make mistakes, and so often we find ourselves turning from the path you would have us follow. We praise and thank you for your faithfulness, and yearn to follow you forevermore. Amen.