Today is my husband’s birthday! And a little more than 35 years ago, I stood in a church in front of friends and family and promised to always love him and always be there–separated only by death.

Today’s prayer celebrates a day when God hung on a cross in front of the whole world and promised a love so eternal, not even death could separate us from Him.


You have given people
For my life–
Given nations to ransom me.

You even gave your own son to rescue me

Clearly, you love me with an endless love
You lovingly draw me to you with your kindness

Before I lived even one day,
You lovingly drew up plans
Of how I could spend each day,
Safely nestled in your arms.

Your dreams for me are higher than heaven.
Your thoughts of love for me
Are so plentiful,
It would be easier
To count the grains of sand
On all the beaches
In the world

All my life
You have guided me
With a watchful eye on me.
Every day, if i listen,
I can hear your instruction,
“This is the way….”
Keeping me on the path
Created for me.

Even in my old age
You will not let me stray,
Carrying me when I grow week.
You will provide food for my table.
You will give sweet sleep and rest
For body, mind, and spirit

And someday,
In your timing,
You will keep your final promise,
As you carry me across The River–
And Home.

marcia-headshot-225x300As 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 and speaking to be a catapults, using the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into walled-off hearts and barricaded minds.
Connect with Marcia online:
Twitter: @MarGunWoo