One of the hardest things must be to bury a child. How difficult it must be to walk away and leave their body. That precious body, which you invested so much love to keep safe and warm, entrusted to the cold earth–and to God!
Today's prayer sees that moment as "sowing in tears" and looks forward to the day when we will "reap with joy."

planting in hope

Planting in Hope

The storm rages
Bitter
Cold
What hope is there
To plant a seed?
And yet I plant in faith,
Knowing
You are in the storm
In the howling wind,
The drowning rain,
The spirit-numbing cold
I plant
Allowing the roots to sink deep
Into the bedrock knowledge—
You are faithful.
Faithful as the sun.
And when You rise
With healing in Your wings,
My precious seed
Will sprout
And rise with You,
Bursting into Life—
A perfect bloom.


marcia-headshot-225x300As 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. 
Connect with Marcia online: 
Blog: www.itsallaboutmarcia.blogspot.com 
Twitter:  @MarGunWoo 
Website: MarciaGunnettWoodard.com