The gold band stays the same, a bit warped maybe, the edges worn down, some scratches. Still hugging my ring finger since the day you

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God at the Last

At the last kiss, at the final true laugh, at the bottom of the body’s decline, at the mind’s last conscious thought, at the moment

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Dementia 2

Crippled by a mind that sees menace in every corner and malice in every look, the anguished soul cries, “No more.” At the last, her

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Dementia 1

Today I’m praying for one imprisoned in their own mind, locked behind bars of anguish that no key can open. Are you the God of

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Age-old Chorus

In the hospital for sick seniors each pillow cradles a face  framed with white hair underscored by bony knuckles clutching white sheets. Bodies, getting older

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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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