Friends, draw close, and let no-one be a stranger under the
roof of this place, for we are all of one humanity.
We come to this quiet place of beauty from many different
places and with many different thoughts and feelings.
Let this be a time when we pause together from the busy-ness of
the world so that the still small voice of calm may speak to our hearts and refresh our souls.
As we gather at this time, remembering both the rain and the sun, may we accept the world as it is – nature both beneficent and threatening – but may we also strive always to make our small part of life less threatening and more kindly.
Let the love which we find in this place find expression also in our daily lives, touching all with whom we share this journey.
The first sentence is adapted from words by Keith Gilley.
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