O God of compassionate love,
You tell us that you are like —
A shepherd, who carries his lost sheep home…
A woman, who sweeps the house to find a single coin…
A father, who watches with hope for his son to return.
Likewise in Jesus you come searching for us.
May we never forget how much we are loved.
May we never refuse to love others as much.
May the world rejoice in your endless patience
And wondrous forgiveness.
This we pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen.