The Aftermath

The deeds are done,
the crimes are committed,
and many people continue to suffer.
How do we make things right
in the aftermath of great wrongs?
How do we do this when the wrongs
took place across centuries and continents,
and are still continuing today?
How do we do this
when we who benefit from injustice
don’t see the problem,
or address only a fraction of it?
We try to find a quick solution,
we don’t show our work.

God, you are the great Accountant.
You keep track of every story,
marking down every cry and every stony heart.
You know there is a way to reconcile
even this unbalanced world.
Be our teacher.
Give words to those who speak unspeakable accounts.
Give us humility, the willingness to listen
and the resolve to act on injustice.
Show us that compassion must always be added,
especially when great chasms of pain divide us.
Multiply wisdom in all of us,
and subtract all hopelessness.
You know the sum of all things,
and your ledger is just and true;
we trust in your bottom line.

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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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