OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFall is the time for Homecomings and class reunions, as hundreds of people try to turn the clock back to their university days, or even MORE potentially embarrassing, back to their high school days! This is my prayer for each of you who may be attending a homecoming or reunion…or just meeting an old friend for coffee.

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Father,
As I go out to meet my friends,
To face my past,
Only You and I know 
Precisely what that means.

For some it means
Facing a dark space in our lives
A place where we no longer live–
Perhaps dread to go.

For others of us,
The past is a golden moment
Of Glory Days
Never to be seen again.

For some,
The longed-for words,
The words of blessing,
Are,
"You haven't changed a bit!"

For others,
Those words are a curse,
And we long to hear
Old friends exclaim,
"You're so different!"

Papa,
As we each venture out
To connect with old friends,
Whichever assessment we hear–
Whether difference or similarity
To our other,
Younger,
Self–
May the reality our friends see,
The truth they comment on
Distill down
To one shining statement
Summarizing our lives….

"You look so much like Jesus!"

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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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