in Your image, God

Our God,

We are grateful indeed
for Your local community
in which we live and move
and have our being.

So whether here or there,
coming or going,
we know always
the assurance of belonging,
and the comfort manifest in commitment one to another,
the blessing of acceptance,
and the gift of high expectations,
the wonder of grace,
and the joy of love—
the binding ties of Your shared story.

To be known and to be loved,
such marvelous gift—
for our circumstances (and those of our loved ones)
to matter to others.

So for the community shaped in Your image
of which we’re a part,
we offer our thanks,

even as we pray for Your image
to continue shaping both it and us

in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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