Pentecost 16, Wednesday, Year B

Inspired by Psalm 119:169-176

“I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.” Psalm 119:176 (NRSV)

For many of us, following God is an important part of our identity. We worship him with a community of believers nearly every week, we pray, we read the scriptures, and we strive to consider his will as we make the thousands of mundane decisions that shape our lives.

Yet despite all that, sometimes we fall away from him anyway. It’s not through lack of knowledge of his Word, and it’s certainly not through an active rejection of his ways. We just get careless once, and the consequences snowball into more and more carelessness, until we find ourselves far from the lives we know God wants us to lead.

But God does not abandon his own. And whether we’ve wandered away from him intentionally or through a series of well-intentioned missteps, God will meet us where we are, remind us of his love and grace, and offer to lead us back to him.

Let us pray. Steadfast God, your faithfulness to us is greater than our faithfulness to you. Remind us of your eternal love and grace, that we may recognize you when we’re lost and be emboldened to return to your fold. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.