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 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.

Pre-Order below, and join my email list, to get author notes and updates about the book and events around it. 

Get free eBooks and updates

Enter your email address to receive free ebooks, encouragements, updates, and news about events.
I'll only email you occasionally, and I always seek to send something that encourages you.