Papa,
You have invested so much in me.
So many times,
You were the one giving,
While I gave nothing in return.
I didn’t even bother
To be grateful,
Or to thank You.

But still You gave—
Still You give.

When I don’t recognize You as the giver,
Still You give.
When I lavish on myself
What You had intended me to share,
Still You give.
When I greedily consume
Then complain that there isn’t more,
Still You give.
When I gripe
Because Your gift isn’t exactly what I wanted,
Still You give.
When You call me to give like You do
And instead, I whine
And complain
And get my feelings hurt
Because I’m not being treated fairly,
Still You give—
Without counting the cost.
Still You give.

Help me—

To recognize Your hand at work in my life
And take the time to be thankful for what You have given,
Even if it isn’t exactly what I think I want or need.
And when you call me to give like You do,
Help me to count the cost….

Not what it will cost me
To give to others like You do,
But what Your love for me has cost You.


marcia headshotAs 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.
Connect with Marcia online:
Blog: www.itsallaboutmarcia.blogspot.com
Twitter: @MarGunWoo
Website: MarciaGunnettWoodard.com