As the holidays approach, our thoughts often turn to people in our lives—those we had, or have, wish we could have. As we approach the season when we give thanks for the relationship Jesus offers us, let’s remember to thank God for how he can use those in our lives—whether by choice or chance, preference providence—in the process of making us more like Jesus.
FOR THOSE I LOVE
Thank you for those near to me—
The ones I love.
The varieties of age and culture,
Personality and education,
Belief and experience
Thank You for the lives they live,
The questions they ask,
The things they do,
The things they leave undone.
For the ways they make me laugh,
And bring me to tears.
For the days
That leave me feeling blessed,
Heart overflowing with love.
For the hours
Of teeth-gritting anger and frustration.
For the tear-blind, heart-stopping moments
When I face the fear—
Or the reality—
Of their loss.
Because of them,
I am more friendly,
More strong and thoughtful,
Brave and tenderhearted,
Creative, outspoken, and merciful,
Risk-taking, just, and kind.
Thank You for every single moment
Of every single day,
Of the life You give me
Together with them
On this earth.
May my life, lived out before them,
Display Your Son’s radiance
And draw them to You,
That together, we may someday share
In Your presence.
As a child, Marcia Gunnett Woodard was an avid reader, often disappearing into a book for days at a time. By her late teen years she realized that she wanted to be able to use words to weave a spell that drew the reader into the story, like her favorite authors did. Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and theatre scripts.
Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and has shared her thoughts with groups as near as a local university and as far away as Vladimir, Russia.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys camping, traveling, sewing, playing word games, and surrounding herself with family (her husband and their children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).
Marcia firmly believes in the power of story. Since learning that the words parable and parabola have the same origins, she considers her writing to be a catapult, using the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into walled-off hearts and barricaded minds.
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