Dear father God,
we are your beloved children,
loved even when we are rebellious and disobedient,
often engaging in sometimes deeply sinful ways.
Our calling is very high:
to be imitators of you, creator, redeemer, covenant keeper.
You desire that we walk in love
the kind of love Christ showed on the cross.
We are called to be partners with you,
not evil-doers on whom comes judgment.
As your children, we are children of light,
so that we may walk in the safety and blessing of light.
Prod us to walk carefully,
as wise people,
prudent in the use of the gift of time,
to live with discernment a life of praise to you,
loving and honoring especially our partners.
Hear and answer, merciful God, through Christ our Lord.