"When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them." - Hosea 11:1-3 (ESV)
Patient Father, who has given all good things to your children, open our eyes to see how you have loved us and provided for us, that we might not turn away from you in search of useless things, but enter into loving relationship with the one who first loved us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.