From Laodicea: What Difference Will I Make?

It is midnight, here in Turkey just outside of Laodicea.

I am full of thanks. As I walked on the unexcavated mound that is Collossae, I thought of the thousands of years of history beneath my feet.

Once again, I feel connected, deep in my bones. It all makes some sense to me – this living, this dying, this worship, this faith, this pursuit of the invisible – and the Invisible’s pursuit of us.

On old ground we’ve always walked, generations behind us, generations before. The key question to ask is, “What difference will I make while I am here; what gift will I bring?”

On the ground under your feet, look to the heavens, and take your place.

Peace from Laodicea, friends. May the waters of your heart be cold and refreshing, or hot and renewing. May the lukewarm life be far, far from you.

You only have one life to live.

Go with God,



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.