A Collect of Thanks for God’s Respect of Our Choices

Gracious Lord, who is gentle with our weaknesses and fears, we thank you for respecting our choices and allowing us to choose for ourselves our path, yet help us to not choose in such a way that would push you away for long, that we would not choose to cut ourselves off from the origin of all love, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives forever with you and the Holy Spirit in perfect harmony and joy together. Amen. ‘Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned.’ – Luke 8:37