A Reflection on a Gathering or Meeting

Leader
Our time together here has been marked by rich and deep conversation around an issue about which each of us feels very passionately. As we close this conference, let us pause to reflect on one moment in which we experienced a new insight, a new understanding.

(Pause for reflection)

Leader
Lord, we thank you for opening our minds and hearts to new learning. Like the disciples after the miracle of the loaves and fishes, we gather all of the fragments of our time together that not one blessing from our common conversation should be lost. As we go forth from this place, we ask that you help us to hold onto the wisdom that has been shared in this room and move the ideas expressed here forward, continuing to grow and develop them in our individual, on-going work in this field.

All
Lord hear us. Hear our prayer.

Leader
Let us also pause to call to mind a moment in which we did not feel at harmony with one another — a moment perhaps when an idea was expressed that concerned us deeply; that troubled us. Perhaps a moment in which we felt that we were misunderstood. And let us hold that moment in prayer, too.

(Pause for reflection)

Leader
Lord, we thank you for the words of challenge that have been part of this gathering. We know that the conversations that we have had with one another have been graced, but they have also been difficult. Though we now prepare to part one another's company, we ask nevertheless that you weave us ever closer together as a community of leaders, marked by growing understanding, charity, patience, and commitment to dialogue.

All
Lord hear us. Hear our prayer.

Leader
As we close our time together, let us lastly call to mind one patient or patient's family from our own organization that we know is currently facing painful decisions. Let us place these persons into God's shepherding hands.

(Pause for reflection)

Leader
Lord, we know that you know each and every one of your sheep by name. In the Psalms you tell us that you provide us with all we need, even as you walk with us through the darkest of valleys. Be with the patients whom we have entrusted to your care. Be with their families and their caretakers. May our work always serve their greatest good.

All
Lord hear us. Hear our prayer.

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