A Collect for Respect for God in Mature Relationship

Lord God, creator of heaven and earth, keep us from expecting and demanding that you comply with our every whim and impulse, but teach us to enter into relationship with you in respect of your personhood and in mutual love as you have offered first to us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns as king of all kings, enthroned with you and the Holy Spirit on high. Amen. “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’” – Matthew 11:16-17