Sometimes, our hearts are so overwhelmed, we don’t know how to pray. We can’t find the words. What a comfort it is to know that all the members of the Trinity have an active interest in ensuring that our prayers are presented at the Throne of Grace.
Today my prayer is so overwhelming—
A grief so dark,
A sin so heavy,
An anger so poisonous,
A fear so relentless,
A betrayal so bitter—
Looming so large
I cannot bring myself to speak its name.
But You know all.
Of all who ever lived,
Knew the greatest of deep betrayal and fear.
Carried the weight of the world’s sin.
Came to understand our griefs.
Expressed furious anger—yet did not sin.
My human emotions are familiar to You.
The One who clearly understands
Every whimper of my heart.
My most unintelligible outcry
Is understood by You.
Holy Spirit, pray for me—
The meanings of the thoughts
That my words cannot express.
Godhead, Three in One—
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Hear my prayer.
In 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.”
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