Autumn is a time for deep reflection, introspection, thanksgiving, stillness, and harvest.
As the leaves have begun to display their mellow and rich hues of amber, orange, red, and sienna, they seem to suggest to each of us that the innocence of the season of spring and the boldness of the season of summer have acquiesced themselves to mellowness and kindly wisdom of the ages.
As we reflect upon our journey about the earlier part of the year, we do so in the spirit of anticipation and relief, in the spirit of challenge and triumph, in the spirit of joy and sorrow, in the spirit of weariness and rest, in the spirit of inertia and change, in the spirit of incredible gains and necessary losses, in the spirit of astonishment and enlightenment, in the spirit of planting and harvest, in the spirit of struggle and surrender, in the spirit of transformation and transcendence, and with the reflective awareness of our finiteness and infiniteness all being informed by gentle, yet rich wisdom.
God, we render to unto you thanksgiving for the lives of those whom we are given responsibility to co-journey in service, healing, affirmation, empowerment, truth, and transformation!
We thank you for the lives of resilient children, courageous parents, guardians, and caretakers who come to us with a banner of trust with an intrinsic understanding that we serve them in love with no judgment and that we serve them celebrating their strengths with the belief that eyes have not seen, neither have ears heard of their unchartered and unlimited possibilities.
God, during this season of harvest, we thank you for an overflowing cornucopia of compassion and persistence, empathy and skill-sets, tenacity and vision, gentleness and care, mission and creativity, and the wisdom and presence of gifted and talented staff persons who work in a plethora of capacities from receptionists to direct care staff, from dietary staff to outreach staff, from environmental services staff to finance staff, from housekeeping staff to administration, from administrative support staff to management, from teachers to nurses, and from administrative assistants to doctors. We thank you for those who are named as well as the unnamed. We are blessed by each other’s gifts and offering in service. We thank you that we are our brothers and sisters keepers and delight is such a charge. We thank you for the opportunity to serve and to be transformed by having served.
We release, like fallen and ripened leaves into the Autumn winds, weights and burdens, misperceptions and deflated hopes, fears and doubts, worries and anxieties, hurts and wounds, and limitations and insufficiencies…shedding the aforementioned for a bountiful harvest of grace, patience, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, joy, kindness, rejuvenation, and a love that holds us in its grasp forever.
God, we thank you for relationships, spiritual union, table fellowship, food and libation, community, and the opportunity to gather in a spirit of gratitude, thanksgiving, strength, camaraderie, celebration, and power. We render unto you these petitions, we pray. Yes, this is true, Let it be so, So be it, May it be so, Amen. Peace
K. Mason 10-08-07 ©
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