Kids Back to School Prayer

Thank you God for warm sunny weather,

    for blue skies

    and blue lakes.

Thank you God for big trees to climb

    for city streets to explore

    for cool shady places to hide in

    for parks with slides and swings.

Thank you God for swimming pools and diving boards

    for baseball diamonds

    and soccer fields.

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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,

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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.

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