There are a lot of good things about spring—flowers, baby birds, little lambs. But there are some not-so-good things, too—semester final exams, income taxes. If your life lately seems to revolve more around the not-so-good, here’s a prayer for you, taken from various psalms.
A PSALM PRAYER FOR TROUBLED DAYS
O Lord, hear my cries.
O Lord, show me mercy.
I ache to the depths of my soul.
Guard my spirit,
As I walk through this valley
Of traps and snares,
This valley that feels like death.
O Lord, You see
There is no one beside me.
No one holds my hand,
Or protects me,
Or encourages me,
As if to them I have no soul.
But I cry out to You, O Lord.
You are my hiding place,
You are the core,
The reason for my life.
You have heard my desperate cry.
You will spare me from my pursuers,
That they will not overpower me.
You have freed my soul from its prison,
And I will give glory to Your name.
Gather your people around me,
And I will declare
Your unfailing love to me
All of my days.
(based on Psalm 142)
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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