Double-Bouncing My Boy

I was playing with my little guy on the trampoline, after a rousing game of football toss.

We “double bounce,” which means that when I come down on the tramp, he uses the momentum of my weight coming up to bounce on a tighter tramp – coupled with its upward force from my bounce.

The result? He shoots straight up, far higher than he could on his own!

I said, “Ben, I want to double-bounce you in life.” He said, “Huh?” I said, “You know, I want my work of bouncing to join your work of bouncing, and to launch you higher than I’ve ever gone.”

He said, “I get it, Dad. Maybe I’ll live past 100 ’cause you double-bounced me!” “Maybe, Ben,” I said. “But I expect the bigger bounce will be in the way you touch the world, change the world and stun the world with the love of God.”

“Yep,” he said. “I’ll do that.”


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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