Moments In Time: The Man Who Moved Slowly

I was walking down the street toward my office, when I saw an older gentleman in our small town approaching me. He walks at a pace that must rival the slowest land turtle in North America, carefully digs his cane into the concrete sidewalk with every step, and usually only raises his head when someone gets near him.

As I came close he stopped. He looked up, and I stopped. Then I turned my gaze to look into his deep gray eyes.

“It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?” he said. “It is,” I replied, “and it looks like its getting warmer every day.” He smiled at me, and I smiled back. We could both tell that the other was happy for the interchange and yet was needing to get on our way.

As I walked away, I noticed that my pace was slowed. I wasn’t in a hurry. I wasn’t in a rush. I just needed to get where I was going. Eventually.


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.

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