Tree prayer

Help us to learn from the trees to be your people.
Like the strong oak with its deep roots,
establish us in your word, in community, in prayer.

Like the graceful willow bending in the wind,
strengthen us to withstand tumults and trials.

Like the tall jack pine, true and straight,
make us pure and single-minded, always looking to you.

Like the rustling poplar, shining and shimmering,
give us joy in the winds of life….


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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