Be Good.

I try to take morning walks every day for an hour, listening to music that stirs me and mingling exercise with the pleasure of walking places within – toward which only good music can take you.

This morning’s walk was along a lonely stretch of highway haunted by occasional trucks and a few cars heading to workplaces around the area of our small town.

I scrambled up on some rocks that overlook the highway, our hamlet, and the evergreens that canvas the New Brunswick landscape.

“How lovely,” I thought, “To know that today the gift of life will be shared by so many, in so many ways, in our little corner of the world.”

“How sad,” I also thought, “That so much pain will be shared between individuals in homes, schools and streets across this same terrain today.”

To be good in a moment is one thing. To be tenaciously good, to choose to invade the pain in our communities, and to simultaneously enjoy the gifts that life brings to our doorstep every day, is quite another.

Be good today. Choose to enjoy the goodness brought to you, and to invade the world you call your own with a goodness that springs from God’s divine life bustling within you.

RELEASES FEB. 8, 2022 | Brazos press

Sheltering Mercy 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. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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