This is useful if you have a family gathering where not everybody is on the same faith-page. I used this at Christmas at my in-law’s house. The words aren’t original, but the assembly is. I put the references at the bottom. Please let me know if you use this prayer at your gathering and how it was received.
Oh, Thou, the sustainer of our Bodies, Hearts and Souls –
We pause this day, joining with others across the world
who, like us, yearn for peace and harmony and understanding.
We pause to celebrate the joy of people coming together;
serving one another with common goals and concerns.
We pause to ask Your blessing on this, our time together,
on gatherings like ours, across our land and across the world.
May we be thankful for the food we are about to receive.
May it be blessed to our use,
and may we be dedicated to the service of that great family of all souls.
When there is peace in the heart, there will be gentleness in the person.
When there is gentleness in the person, there will be fairness in the nation.
When there is fairness in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
May we be centers of peace and help speed the day where we all may be one.
I assembled this from prayers from the book “For Praying out Loud” by L. Annie Foerster,
specifically “We Pause to Give Thanks” by Laurel Hallman, at a UN peace gathering,
and “When There is Peace in the Heart” by Richard Gilbert, Center of Peace Invocation.
I used a Sufi prayer for the address to the Divine in the first line