Author: Marcia Woodard

Thank You For Leaders

Papa, I thank you for leaders. Not the larger-than-life, Mount Olympus, Hero-of-ancient-legend leader. Today, I thank you for quiet leaders, For servant leaders. I thank you for the unsung leaders, For those who lead By rocking a crying infant, By wiping a three year old’s snotty nose, By singing “This Little Light of Mine” For the five hundredth time…today. By explaining that no one knows how Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, But yes maybe it was something like the replicator on Star Trek. I thank you for those who lead By scrubbing toilets. By cooking and serving meals...

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The Easy Road

Papa, I have sensed Your call on my life. You have declared Your plans for me. But I have become comfortable, Easy-going. The work You gave me to do Is tiring— Physically Mentally Spiritually. Every cell, Every atom, Screams for a break. I want the easy path, The smooth road. Energy meant for ministry, Wasted in wrestling with questions Settled long ago. Can’t I have a week off? A day? A moment When I am not on alert For yet another weak one Wandering near the quicksand, Running blindly toward the cliff. And in that moment I remember the...

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You Love Us

YOU LOVE US You love us. I look at the stars, A sparkling blanket Woven to snuggle the Earth Down to sleep. You love us more than stars. I listen to the birds, A feathered choir Formed to serenade the morning flowers As they awaken. You love us more than birds. I taste the luscious fruits, The renewable feast Prepared to offer us flavor, health, community As we share. You love us more than fruits. I smell the flowers, A living carpet Unfurled to welcome beautiful Spring And her lovely sister, Summer. You love us more than flowers. I...

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Let Justice Roll Down

In the face of the ongoing reports of racial inequality, tension, and violence, and concern for the safety and wellbeing of some of my black friends, God sent me to Amos chapter 5 for my devotions. It reads almost like the daily newspaper.   LET JUSTICE ROLL DOWN “Let justice roll down “Like mighty waters.” Overwhelming. Fearsome. A tsunami of justice, Held at bay far too long Flooding across the land. What should have been A gentle rain, A sweetly flowing stream, Arrives instead as a crashing torrent— Sweeping away injustice And oppression. Forever changing the landscape. Forever changing...

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Slow Me Down

Other than the legendary “warp speed” of science fiction, one of the fastest speeds known to humans is the speed of light—how quickly light can travel. Which leaves me wondering, “What is faster than the speed of light? The speed of darkness?” It’s true that when we run ahead of the Savior’s guidance, faster than the speed of His guidance, we are traveling at the “speed of darkness”.   SLOW ME DOWN Papa, My life travels at the speed of… Darkness. I race through my days so quickly. I run ahead of your guidance. I dash full steam Toward...

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