My life is a guesthouse and each day brings its visitors. Years of regular customers, rational and sensible, ordered and predictable— they cause no trouble.

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The Wrong Good-bye

This is the wrong good-bye. At thirty, death stands on the threshold ghoulish as an x-ray staring straight through all our hopes and plans. We

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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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