God of Reckless Prodigals and Self-Righteous Siblings,
We praise You for always being there
in times of joyful celebration
and times of despairing distress;
in times of noble faithfulness
and times of wasteful foolishness.
We praise You for the gentle wisdom
that whispers in stillness
and always leads us to the light.
We praise You for Your nail-scarred hand
always extended for us to hold.
Forgive us when we forget Your counsel, guidance and presence,
and, by choice or by ignorance,
wander blind and aimless without You.
Thank You for always calling us back,
for making a way at Your own ultimate expense
for us to be renewed and forgiven.
And for touching us again now
with Your love and grace and wisdom.
In Jesus’s Name.