Kindred Spirit

I want someone to love me just as I am,
someone who calls me when I need calling,
hugs me when I need hugging,
cries with me when I am crying,
laughs with me when I am laughing,
someone who dances with me
and matches my walk stride for stride.
I want a companion who sits companionably,
watching the world go by with me,
happy to be quiet or silly or thoughtful
as the moods chase us together.
Whether they live near or far,

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Kindred Spirits

Thank you God for the quick connection,
for the interest in another’s eyes
and sympathy that is not forced.
Thank you for simultaneous laughter
and a quiet moment,
for interests that connect,
and the spontaneous invitation, “We should…”
and the quick reply of “Let’s”.
Thank you for the light giddiness that comes
from encountering a kindred spirit.
In a world where friends seem few and far between,
God of friends,
thank you for finding me new friends
on the long journey.

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Prayer for a Friend Not Seen

God who sees the heart of things,

who sees my heart,

you know the love still lodged

for friends long absent.

Once, long past,

we found a home

in each other’s presence.

A genuine meeting then

a parting of ways,

the currents of life and time…

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When a Friend Sins Grievously

We love our friends,

we think the best of them until

their actions bring us up short.

The fall from high regard

leaves us dizzy and disoriented.

Esteem and trust plummet

as deep disappointment blossoms.

God, can you fathom the human heart?

Is our dismay a faint echo of your own?…

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Old Friends

Thank God for old friends

who take the long view—

who are not startled by temper flares

or momentary lapses of judgement.

The ballast of high regard

floats all ships:

you think well of me

and I strive not to disappoint.

Thank God for old friends

who see the lighter side,

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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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