based on the prophecy of Hosea
A heart of love the Lord displays
to those he calls his own;
a Father's care from earliest days
in countless mercies shown:
our wayward hearts! when will they learn
to love and please him in return?
In trembling faith we here confess
our wandering and our sin;
we seek his face who, swift to bless,
can make us clean within:
with contrite words and hearts we come
to God our healing and our home.
For God is making all things new,
beneath his hand we thrive;
his mercies as the morning dew
to nourish and revive:
so may our souls his word embrace,
and grow in fruitfulness and grace.
We ask of God discerning eyes
to know and choose his ways;
to share the wisdom of the wise
in love and joy and praise:
and, knowing God, in him be blest,
and in his shadow find our rest.