With hazardous roads, slips and falls, and misbehaving space heaters, it seems the first responders in my area of the country are seeing a lot of “in service” time. Today, I offer a prayer for the health and safety of first responders, as they work to secure the health and safety of others.

PRAYER FOR THE FIRST RESPONDERS

Father,

I hear it again.
Once more, the sirens call,
Shrieking their fearsome song
Of danger,
And terror.

In this moment, Father,
I pray Your protection
Over the heroes in our midst,
Who rush into danger,
As we mere mortals flee to safety.

Guide and protect them.
Send Your guardian angels
To shelter them
Through fire and flood.
Dispatch Your warrior angels
To stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them,
Battling
Against the giants—
Pain,
Fear,
Death.

Give them wisdom and insight,
Courage and strength,
As they labor in Your service,
O, God of order and justice,
Protector of the weak,
Healer of the sick and wounded.
Aid them,
In ways that clearly show
Your unmistakeable presence,
Directing and preserving their lives.

And lead them in the way everlasting,
That they may one day hear,
“Well done,
“Good and faithful servant!”


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