Anniversary Prayer

God of love, thank you for marriage

and the way love’s face

changes with time.


Thank you for love’s beginning;

the tidal pull that draws together

as sure as sea and shore,

the beauty of that meeting,

its strength and intense fragility,

sweet as an apple blossom

pale in the moonlight.


Thank you for love’s deepening;

the confidence that grows

with a thousand leavings and greetings,

the hardiness of belonging,

its ability to survive storm and drought,

resilient as supple branches

swaying in the wind.


Thank you for love’s maturing;

the companionship that develops slowly,

forged in the hot and cold of everyday life,

the power of lives intertwining,

its quality of sturdy faithfulness,

delicious as a ripe red apple

after a day’s long hunger.

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Carol Penner has written a devotional book for Lent that explores the challenges of repentance and forgiveness. Forty reflections and prayers to deepen your walk with God as you prepare for Easter.  

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at

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