Ignatian Prayer: The Candle

This morning we spent 3 hours in Ignatian Prayer exercises, all 15 of us in the Master’s, and it was beautiful.

For me personally, the lit candle in the middle of the room became my source of life and the ensign of God’s nearness to us.

I would stare into the flame for a minute or two, then close my eyes. The image of the flame was burned onto my retina. I closed my eyes, and the flickering light remained.

Then, I did it again. This time it was different. I closed my eyes, and saw the negative of the image. The candle and light were dark, and the rest was light.

To see the flame, etched in our souls. To see the absence of the flame, etched in our souls. This is real vision.


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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