But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior. Tit. 3:4-6 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, thank you for being so kind, gentle, and patient with us—all the time. When we consider the contrast between what we know about you, and how we love like you, we are convicted to the core.

This is especially true, now that we’ve moved into a season of in-home sheltering, and new routines of sharing the same space. Help us Father. We bump into our selfishness as we bump into each other. By the power of the Holy Spirit, enable us to love each other as you love us in Jesus.

We especially pray for parents who have young kids around all the time. And we pray for couples who find themselves not knowing what to do with so much more time together. We pray for homebound individuals who would love to have some of these relational challenges.

May FaceTime be less about technology and screens, and more about engaging one another from the heart. Help us, Father. Grant us some much-needed conversations, enjoyment of one another, and creative fun.

We repent of assuming the right to “my space.” We repent of hair-trigger irritation. We repent of not being as quick to overlook and forgive as you intend.

Father, as we reach for the garments of grace this March Thursday—compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience—we trust you for all the grace we will need today. Free us, gentle us, and free us some more. Surprise us with how much joy and kindness you will give us. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and loving name.