By Stephen W. Hiemstra
We praise you for the mercy that you showed us in sending Jesus Christ to die on a cross for us and our salvation.
For in your mercy, we have seen your love—
sacrificial love that carried a price; covenantal love that kept a promise;
divine love that bridged the gaps between the eternal and mortal and between the holy and the unclean.
Have pity on us, a pitiable people—
people who wink at eternity for a night on the town;
people who spurn holiness for a penny’s entertainment.
Thank you for the love of Christ.
In the power of your Holy Spirit,
help us to grow into it and share it with those around us.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.