Old Friends

Thank God for old friends

who take the long view—

who are not startled by temper flares

or momentary lapses of judgement.

The ballast of high regard

floats all ships:

you think well of me

and I strive not to disappoint.


Thank God for old friends

who see the lighter side,

who take great pleasure in double takes,

in funny accidents and awkward moments.

The helium of humour

lifts all spirits

as laughter shakes us up,

and we cannot catch our breath together.


Thank God for old friends

who hold out a steadying hand—

who are there with open ears

and sympathetic shoulders.

The engine of constant love

moves all mountains

as we share each other’s burdens.

Long-time God of friends,

thank you for my friends.

New Book Coming Soon!

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.  

You can order it here!

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 www.leadinginworship.com” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at carol@leadinginworship.com

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