An Advent Reflection: The God Who Appears

front-prayer-candlesIn a recent issue of Wired magazine, an article was featured that explored attempts by individuals to disappear. By disappear, I do not mean in the magic sense, but rather in the identity sense. From fake drowings, to fake airplane crashes, men and women have reacted to the pain of marital distress, financial fear and personal despair by running away, vanishing – disappearing.

In this Season of Advent, we celebrate the God who does the opposite. In the face of great pain, difficulty and the overall brokeness of the human condition, we worship the God who appears, runs toward the pain, and physically enters the scene. The Advent of Christ into the world brings us again to the central vision of the Gospel – that Emmanuel, God With Us, is in the business of appearing… at just the right time.


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.