How many ways You have cared for us, O God;
How many companions You have given
to share our difficult and joyous journey.
And yet we forget Your care,
and reject Your messengers.
Forgive us for failing to recognise You
in those who are different from ourselves.
Forgive us for rejecting other people –
children of Yours who are equally loved.
Forgive us for believing the lie
that says we can do it our way, and we can do it alone.
Teach us to love as You have loved us,
to embrace and welcome others
as You have welcomed us,
to enjoy and commit to the family
which You have given for our comfort and nurture.
In Jesus Name.