ContactPoints: Trapped Miners

Coming from a family line of coal miners in Northern Pennsylvania, once again I’m gripped by this rescue. My mother recounts how, back in the day, the alarm bell would ring in the middle of the night and her father would rush out to rescue fellow workers trapped in the mine.

We all have contact points that draw us to turn our energies of prayer toward particular situations. This is one for me. I lead worship in our community tomorrow, and these families will be on my heart and mind.

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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.