Lord of wisdom,
Moulding hearts and minds with Your love
You shape human life
to fill its emptiness
with the nourishment of Your words.
Within Scripture and in the stories of faithful lives,
the promises of time
well spent in the embrace of God
For You long for us to be holy
as You are holy.
Your law is to be delighted in,
for it is not a burden
but a pathway
to the freedom of Your grace.
Yet we find the notion of “holiness” a burden.
We struggle to be perfect,
as we fail to grasp how to live
as though we belong to the Lord alone.
We use law to beat others down
when we feel wronged.
We wallow in disgrace
as we mark our days
with how we have failed You.
Help us to look beyond our sins
to greet the breadth of Your forgiveness.
Unfailing in Your love,
You welcome us as Your people.
Enable us to live as those
who know they belong to You
and through Your love are made perfect
in the lives we lead in Christ’s name.