Happy Father’s Day, To My Dad

I’m Like You

I’ve seen through the years,
This gift of fatherhood,
Played out in
Our relationship,
Our friendship,
Your leadership,
My followership,
My childlike hope that someday I could be like you.

I think it worked.
I think the hope
Met the prayer, which
Met the ears of God, which
Met the hope, which
Met the gift.

I love children the way you do.
I’m generous the way you are.
I laugh with my eyes before the smile hits my mouth, the way you do.
I cherish my wife the way you do, though she sometimes drives me crazy,
I get angry the way you did, after internalizing it for awhile,
I battle my belly the way you always did.
I’m sensitive to people the way you are.
I always end up leading people, no matter what I do to avoid it,
I have the same hairline that you do.
My toes and the skin of my feet share the same fate as yours.
My heart is full when people I love are near me, the way that yours always is.

I tell my family that the greatest gift that they can give me on Father’s Day is to be near me, if they can, the way you always did.

I’m like you, and I’m grateful.

RELEASES FEB. 8, 2022 | Brazos press

Sheltering Mercy 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. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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