Funerals & Flights

I just returned from a one-day, round trip flight to Pennsylvania for my great uncle Ben’s funeral.

He had asked that I would sing at his service, so despite my classes and work, I wasn’t going to miss it.

He was a great man — a former marine with smiling eyes, a deep chuckle and physical features that remind me that I am a part of a long family line. I played some songs I haven’t played in a very long time, at the request of the family.

I had my guitar and my suitcase with me. USAir lost both on the way down (Philadelphia is notorious for that), but got them to me in time for the funeral.

Then, I flew into Bangor, ME last night through Boston. AmericanAirways lost them both, too. Only, I haven’t received them back yet.

My guitar….


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.