faithfully jealous

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Mystic Marriage of Christ and the Church via Wikimedia Commons

Lord God, how faithful you are to us
You chose us in Christ
   inviting us to commune with you
   as you commune with us
You are completely devoted to us
   being mindful of all our ways
Your goodness and lovingkindness
   pursue us all the days of our lives

We are not so faithful to you
   being distracted by our many whims and projects
   cravings and lust
   returning to you when it suits us

No wonder you are described as a jealous God
   Jealous for our attentions and affections
   Jealous for our devotion and petitions
Somehow you bear with our faithlessness

You continually woo us back to yourself
   while we are prone to wander
Cause us to remember the dramatic love story
   of your rescue mission to save us from our desperate state
Cause us to hope in your promised consummation
   that will bring us completely
   into your exalted presence

Thank you for being faithfully jealous
   and not giving up on us
Help us to know your heart
   your heart that yearns for us
Oh, please receive our feeble gestures
   of love and adoration
Amen

EM

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Deuteronomy 4:23-24

Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden.  For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

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