A Natural Wonder: Our Anniversary

Anniversaries are important. Retelling, renewing, reclaiming – all are important ideas in remembering our story in holidays, festivals and special occasions.

My lovely wife and I, as of today, have been married for 19 years. She still takes my breath away, startles me with her wisdom, and draws me to a place where I think I can be whole one day. I couldn’t be more grateful for my shimmering girl.

It’s not surpising to me that today, a day of natural wonder for us in our marriage, that this ensign would appear in the celestial sky. Thanks to Heidi Turner for directing me to it:

Tuesday, October 24, at twilight – about 30 minutes after sunset, scan the southwest horizon for Mercury and Jupiter to the right of the thin waxing crescent Moon, and the star, Antares to the left of the moon and slightly above. Quite an arrangement. (Binoculars helpful!)

I feel like our marriage is remarked on by God in this constellar pattern of dance.


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.