Many of us are becoming a part of the “sandwich generation”—still raising our children, or now helping with our grandkids, while at the same time we’re entering the physically and emotionally draining world of helping our aging parents. Today’s prayer is for anyone who has looked at their mom or dad and thought, “How did my parents get so OLD?”

 

NEAR THE VEIL

Papa,

This dear one—
Heart of my heart—
Is slipping out of my grasp,
Week by week,
Sometimes day by day.
I see her drifting away,
Mind,
Body,
Fading,
Like a cheery print curtain
Too long hung in a sunny window—
Her vivid colors
Dying,
Disappearing,
Seeming never to have been.

As I watch,
She edges nearer…
Nearer…
To the veil
Separating my world
From Yours,
And I am torn.

My heart cries,
“Wait!
“More time!
“I need more time….””

But something deeper,
More eternal—
My soul—
Hears You call her name
And springs up with an envious gladness,
Wishing the name I heard was mine.

And I know
That as, for her,
The “real-ness” of this world dims,
Your kingdom grows
Ever brighter and clearer to her eyes.

So, lingeringly, I let her go
Into Your arms,
Trusting You
To hold her safe in Your embrace,
Until that day
I join her there.


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