When You Can’t Hold It Together

God, you know I hold my family together:

balancing the needs of everyone,

the schedules of everyone,

the health of everyone,

juggling each ball with dexterity

and not dropping one, not one.

I give thanks for strength and stamina.

But there’s a haunting sense

that I’ve reached my limits

and that even this camel’s back

will not take one straw more.

One morning will I stand on the road

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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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