Healing Communities

Healing Communities

Healing communities are messy in a good way. There is a quality of disorder, as people aren’t putting up too many false appearances or pretensions.

All that’s great and good, such as healing, can turn into an idol. Even we who typically have some degree of mental illness can do great good.

If God heals you, you must turn toward making justice and peace in the world; more wholistic and less individualistic. Kingdom ethics mixed with Kingdom healing.

If it’s all about taking away your sadness or mine, it’s another cover for self-absorbed faith and western individualism. In a healthy healing community, people are turned outward when they are healed and look to expand the healing.

The Church has always been good at giving stuff to the poor. The next level, we teach the poor to fish (development). The justice level is our issue – making sure that people are allowed to fish.


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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