To Glory In Weakness

“I will glory in my weakness….”

To be weak is to be fragile, momentarily or across a life, in one corner of our heart. It is to recognize that my strength may shine, even blind, in a variety of areas in my life, yet my weakness is that small, soft spot of immaturity of soul that handicaps, or incapacitates, my greatest strengths.

To glory in my weakness is not to revel in my brokenness, nor to wallow in its misery. Rather, it is to embrace my brokenness, and to consider its potential to humble its carrier, to catalyze another’s strength, to inspire hope in another human being and even to prevail more thoroughly in difficulty when a strength would have silenced a deeper, greater work in ourselves or another.

To glory in my weakness is to overcome it, to make it an ally and a friend in this journey that ends in friendship with God and community with others. When I am weak, I am tapping into a Strength greater than my own that will only be accessed through the conduit of frailty.

To glory in my weakness is to welcome you to aid me on this sod we sojourn, and to welcome fresh humility into my spirit as travelling food. To glory in my weakness is to learn from it, as pain in the body indicates an area in need of speedy attention for correction and healing of its source.

I will glory in my weakness.


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.