It is my privilege and joy to develop a meditation for the team to begin our meeting. The challenge of Hospice chaplaincy - especially with a team made up of widely diverse religious practices and expressions - is to offer meditations and prayers that are spiritual and religious and faithful but not reflective of any one spirituality, religion or faith.
The danger, I've found, is to reduce everything to spiritual pablum - the religious equivalent of sitting in a circle, eating Twinkies and singing Kumbaya.
I always draw inspiration from the nurses and nurse's aides (CNAs) who have more on their plate than they can say grace over and yet always make room for more. Sometimes they do that with grace and style and other times . . . well, they are, after all, human.
So, I bundled up all the sayings I have heard them say, all the words of encouragement they post on the staff refrigerator or as the tag on their emails or FaceBook pages, along with a few of the lessons I've learned, and turned them into a prayer: