I’m Beginning To Think…

I’m just beginning to think…

That much of our lives are spent reacting, or responding, in such a way to compensate for our greatest weakness.

In other words, the person who is needy for community gathers community around themselves, the person who is afraid of being misunderstood over-communicates, etc. etc.

While the idea is not rocket-science, it does make me want to be sure that my responses to people and to life decisions are not simply “equal and opposite reactions” to an area that is flawed or needy within.

Over-reaction is neither helpful to the reactionary or the reactionee – it can unduly inflate emotions or create adversarial communications. reactions should be evaluated from time to time, as they expose what is really at stake in the underworld of our hearts.

Like pain in the body, over-reactions or over-responses are intended to be a guide to us, and indicator of internal fragility, focusing us on a point in the system that needs care and attention. In a sense, corners of the heart shout in order to get some regard.

I’m just beginning to think….


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.