Jesus tells a story of a broken family. and of a son who is welcomed home, though he has lived foolishly, and has broken his family’s heart. Paul tells of people who are broken and sinful, but welcomed and used by God to achieve God’s purposes. Sinners are not left in sin, if they seek God, they can still return to live in the midst of God’s love and joy.
God, our creator and redeemer, we move away from You without even realizing it. We find that we have strayed, and are ashamed to admit it and seek forgiveness. We think we are too broken for You to fix. We think You could never love us again. Forgive us for doubting Your power and Your love. As we turn to You, show us the great depths of Your compassion.