A Long Obedience In The Same Direction

Eugene Peterson once called it “a long obedience in the same direction.”

To build over time is costly, and even will come to crisis and renewed process again and again. Yet in end, I still think that this is the most fruitful path in following Jesus. Maybe its the most fruitful path in doing life.

Everything in us wants to “start over,” and with redemption’s gift, we can. However, to hit the delete button, and utterly take a new course in one’s latter years, I think may be neglecting the riches of what has been both built in us, and revealed in us, over time.

To listen to our past, to engage in our present, and to draw those riches into our future, seems to be an equation of import tonight.

At least for me.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps 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.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. 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.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.