Cycles And Circles

A brief post mid-vacation.

I’m struck, here in the Great Smokey’s, with the symbiosis of creation. I simply see cycles, circles and endless connections everywhere, from trees to seasons to insects below and birds above. This place has held much pain and joy for us through the years, but it seems this year all that I can see is the utter interlinking, interlocking of all that is in air and soil and flesh.

We are all connected, though human beings stand as stewards, or users at present, of this treasure we share. To see ourselves as part of this magical whole, while recognizing our unique role, lineage and portion; this is caring for creation’s gift.


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.