At some places, the Sermon on the Mount seems stark, blunt, to-the-point. Here’s an equally to-the-point prayer in response.
PRAYER ON THE MOUNT
I want to follow,
But my world says You don’t make sense.
I want to follow,
But my culture says I won’t be happy.
You say I will.
You offer comfort for my unrest,
Satisfaction for my hunger,
Peace for my fretting.
All I must do
Is build bridges of peace.
All I must do is welcome joy…
When it all goes wrong—
And then I will find…
Your true happiness.
In her childhood and teen years, Marcia Gunnett Woodard immersed herself in reading, almost becoming the characters in the books she read. By her later teens, she had begun to experience the joy and fulfillment in creating a world and drawing the reader in through the use of words. She went on to study English and writing at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and scriptwriting. Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and shared with groups as near as local school and university groups 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 (husband, children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).
In her own words: “I believe the power of story is one of the strongest forces in the world. Did you know the words parable (a story) and parabola (a geometric arc) have the same origin? I want to use the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into barricaded minds and hearts. The upcoming generations are people of story. If I’m going to reach them to become people of The Story, it will most often be through storytelling.”
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