In the church I attend, it always seems to be “baby season.” There are always people having babies. This prayer is inspired by the most important thing I learned about while raising kids—our Heavenly Father’s love for us.

 

A FATHER’S LOVE

Papa….

This newborn,
This precious little one,
Asleep in my arms—
Such a treasure.

My heart is ready to burst with love.

I would gladly lay down my life
To save this child.

And as he sleeps,
Snuggled down in my arms,
As she curls her soft, tiny hand
Around my calloused finger,
As they dream their baby dreams,

I sit in the dim light,
In the stillness of this early morning,
And soak it in—

The depth,
The width,
The height,
The eternal strength
Of Your love for me.

My little man slumbers,
And I watch over him,
Dreaming the dreams
Of the beautiful future I plan for him.

My princess stirs in her sleep,
And I sing softly to her,
Rejoicing to quiet her
With my words of love.

Papa,
I would die for this child—
My heart exploding with love,
Rejoicing in the gift,
The exchange,
Of my life for theirs….

Now,
As I brand this moment in my memory,
And search my thoughts for a symbol—
An illustration—
Of a sacrificial,
All-consuming
Love,
The love I have for this little one,
Nestled so near my heart…

In this moment…

I remember The Cross.


marcia-headshot-225x300In 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.”
Connect with Marcia online:
Blog: www.itsallaboutmarcia.blogspot.com
Twitter: @MarGunWoo
Email: m.g.woodard@gmail.com