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.