Prayer for the Teenage Years

God who gave me children,

give me wisdom in the in-between.

Between the child and the adult,

between the clinging and the pushing away,

between the I love you and the I hate you,

between the we and the me,

between the innocence and the maturity,

between the fearfulness and the confidence,

between the needing and the not needing,

between the staying together and the going away,

in all these vulnerable in-between spaces,

send your Presence.

Fill every chink with love,

every space with compassion.

As my children move into adulthood

and away from the home we’ve made,

give me confidence

in the invisible bonds of love

sweet and strong at any distance. 

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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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