You have invited us to live
in the shelter of Your wings,
Most High Lord.
You are the giver of protection,
and the rescuer from harm.
It is Your light
that shines into the darkest corners of our lives,
and drives away
the fears that keep us from You.
It is Your love
that warms the chills that leave us shuddering
and wraps around us
offering comfort and hope.
As we shelter in Your embrace,
help us to recognise
that we are those who hurt and harm others.
Forgive us our selfish nature and desire
that would have us put our own desires and wants
above the needs of others.
We remember those times
when we have failed to recognise
the abilities and talents of another,
because we believe that we know best.
Because You love us Lord,
we find ourselves forgiven.
May our whole lives be shaped
to offer You honour and praise,
as we recognise the presence of Christ
in the actions of the world around.