A Collect to Keep Love and Relationship at the Heart of Things
Trinity of persons, whose love existed before time and brought about creation, help us to keep at the front of our minds that right relationship and love are at the heart of your being and desire for us, that we would focus before anything else on loving and living with one another well and so fulfill the law and the prophets, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit together in unity and joy forever. Amen.
'So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.' - Matthew 5:23-26
Are there relationships that I resist dealing with or reconciling? What keeps me from wanting them repaired? Are there hurts or fears that make me not want to take steps? Not that every relationship can be reconciled or repaired, but are there things in me that don't want repair? What do I need to love well?