Giving + Receiving

I’m getting used to people helping me because they want to.

I think I learned, growing up, to always repay what someone does for you with another act equally as meaningful. It’s possible that there is no other act equally as meaningful. It’s possible that the “tit for tat” world is but a corruption of the purer world, the world of “give and receive.”

When we give, we’re enlarged.

When we receive, we’re enlarged.

When we take, we shrink.

When we refuse, we shrink.

Of course, all that has a context, but a giving and receiving world seems to me to be the quest – the Eden we seek.

I know lots of people who count their pennies and nickels to make sure they are both paid and paid up. It seems a darker life to me, to live in such a way. If I posture myself to give today, I expect that God will take quite good care of my family and I.


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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