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Loving Father, Nurturing Mother,

Be with us today in this place.

As we gather with colleagues whom we admire and respect, renew in us a sense of purpose.

As we enjoy the season of changing colors and falling leaves, renew in us the courage to change and slough off the detritus in our lives.

As we plan for a holiday of thanksgiving, renew in us the desire to acknowledge and honor our blessings.

And as we anticipate the coming winter, renew in us an appreciation for quiet reflection and open hearts.

All this we ask in the name of peace and love and hope.