36,500 Kisses

A unique moment occured in our home this morning.

I kissed my 9 year-old son on his shaggy head as he ate breakfast. We figured that every day, since he’s been born, he’s received, at the very least, 10 kisses per day. At the very least.

Mother’s kisses, father’s kisses, sister’s kisses, grandma’s kisses, grandpa’s kisses, aunt’s kisses, uncle’s kisses and cousin’s kisses were included (canine kisses not included).

By the time he is 10, he will have received approximately 36,500 kisses, given in love and as gestures of affirmation.

How do you build a person? Once kiss at a time.

How do you build a community? One kiss at a time.

How do you build a worshiping life? One kiss at a time.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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