Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield co-wrote the song Breaking Up is Hard to Do. Sedaka recorded two different versions of Breaking Up is Hard to Do with the first released in 1962. Thirteen years later the arrangement and style changed with the times. This theme came full circle in 2011 with the jukebox musical Breaking Up is Hard to Do.
“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living,” Luke 15:13.
While most people think of breaking up in reference to boy and girl friends, this can also relate to families. The prodigal son couldn’t wait to leave home. Unfortunately, he rushed off without any foresight, squandering his inheritance. Immaturity, selfishness and pride severed the prodigal son’s relationship with his father. This break up left this young man homeless, starving and spiritually dead.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants,’ Luke 15:17-19.
The parable of the prodigal son illustrates what happens when people break up with God. Initially, instant gratification provides moments of pleasure. However, when your expectations are not meet or fulfilled, a sense of emptiness enters the human soul. Subsequently, purpose or meaning for life is lost, replaced by a void within hearts that only Jesus can fill. May those who have wandered away from God come to their senses by repenting and drawing near the Lord. Don’t let guilt or resentment delay your return.
by Jay Mankus