A Collect for Return After Punishment

Great Shepherd, who wields both rod and staff for our good, let not the punishments for our wrongs be lengthy, but draw us back into your love and into the presence of your people where we might grow more mature and bear better and better fruit of love, hope, and faith, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. ‘Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.’ – Jeremiah 23:3