Cultivating Creativity

I was remembering again today the importance of spending considerable time around artists, in my case today, musicians, who are stronger and more seasoned than you.

Lingering in environments where the music is always a bit tighter, a bit richer, a bit more confident, a bit more “seasoned” than one’s one expression is simply good for the gift.

We rise to this. We listen, and remember why we love to play. We approach our instrument just a bit differently for a week after an inspiring performance.

Linger among those, in concerts or in studios, in living rooms or on stages, that play with greater authority than you.

You will rise to it, and your song will be sweeter.


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.