For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned
to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. -1Peter 2:25 NASB
Peter was well acquainted with what he writes here. Hard to read this and not think about how Jesus once told him:
"I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you,I think that the best image of returning to God is the found in the parable of the prodigal son. In that story we are taught that some stray openly, like the younger son, while others stray inwardly, like the older son. I love how the younger son remembers how much his father loves him and decides to return to him. The older seems to have forgotten that. Familiarity often keeps apart. Even so, with each son we find the father pursuing and challenging their self image.
when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."
Again we come Lord. Again we repent. Not our will but yours be done. Amen.