Who Needs Unconditional Love?

Okay—so a year ago I would never in my wildest imagination—and as a writer, mine can get pretty wild—have dreamed I'd choose to listen to country music.

Not only choose, but enjoy.

It wasn’t my fault that I got hooked.

The fault lies in the clock radio that wouldn’t pick up my former favorite station without accompanying the music with obnoxious static.

Not wanting to wake up to static, I dialed in a radio station that didn’t include play heavy metal music or crude DJs. I ended up with country.

But what I discovered was music that had lost the twang and dog kicking lyrics of former years. The now generation of country sang upbeat songs—songs with great melodies—and words that told honest, heartfelt stories.

The other morning, while driving to work, I listened to the delightful banter between the husband and wife DJ team on the country station I listen to.

They played a beautiful new ballad that spoke of unconditional love. In the song, the father waits for a daughter who left home years ago. He leaves a message on the phone, just in case she calls. His friends tell him too much time has gone by and he should just give up and erase the message, but he refuses.

Eventually the daughter does call—afraid of how her father will respond. But all she hears are his words that no matter where she’s been—or what she’s done—he’ll always love her, and to please come home.

As I listened, tears welled up in my eyes.

Yes, it sounds sappy. But I can assure you, it wasn’t.

A female called the radio station, sobbing. She, too, had been driving to work when the song came across the air. The young woman was so emotionally affected by the music and lyrics, she had to pull to the side of the road.

I don’t know the woman’s story. But something got a hold at the core of her heart.

Unconditional love.

Who wants it?

Who needs it?

I believe we all do.

God gives it. No matter where we’ve been, or what we’ve done, He’ll never stop loving us. He’ll never turn us away. His arms will always be open.

Just as He gives us unconditional love—we have the opportunity to give it to others.

Is there someone in your life who needs it today?



  1. The song sounds wonderful! Do you know what it's called and who sings it? I would love to listen to it!

  2. Hi Carolynn,

    Thanks for visiting!

    The song is called "Hurry Home" and the artist is Jason Michael Carroll.

    Here are some of the lyrics:

    He's been sitting by the phone since she left
    But it's time for work and he just can't be late
    So he grabs his old guitar
    And he plays a couple bars on the machine
    And then he softly sings

    It doesn't matter what you've done, I still love you
    It doesn't matter where you've been, you can still come home
    And honey if it's you, we've got a lot of making up to do
    And I can't hug you on the phone, so hurry home

  3. I've been listening to the song for 2 days now, it's beautiful! Reminds me of God's love for us, no matter what we've done or where we've been, He always wants us to come back home!
    Thanks so much for sharing. I always love hearing about great new songs:)

  4. Hi Carolynn,

    I'm so glad you were able to find and listen to the song! :D

    I love the words and music, too. So much like the story of the prodical son.

    Music has the ability to speak to the heart and soul that sometimes just speaking the words can't. It's a powerful, powerful tool God has given us.


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