A Lenten Collect Seeking God’s Pleasure in Us

Loving Father, who desires good for all your children, be pleased with us as we seek to follow in your ways, that as we obey your commands and do as your beloved son did on earth, we would be not only cleansed from all that entangles us, but experience the joy of your Holy Spirit within, through Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Spirit in a trinity of love and joy forever. Amen. ‘In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”‘ – Mark 1:9-11