Moments In Time: The Children On The Bus

It was a rainy morning, and I just dropped my two high school aged daughters and their two friends off at school.

As I drove back into town, there was the usual lineup of cars, all lingering in the standard ten minute waiting period that it takes to make one’s way back to the downtown.

I pulled up behind an elementary school bus, rain trickling on my windshield, and drops covering the windows of the bus before me. I could see the back of the last two seats in both rows of the bus, seemingly empty.

Then, a small girls head slowly rose over the seat on the left, followed by a small boys head rising on the right. Both were struggling to see through the water speckled windows, when their eyes simultaneously met mine.

It was a moment orchestrated from before time began.

After 10 minutes of waving, laughter, puppet shows, funny faces and mime theatre, the three of us went on our way to our places of work – all enriched for having spent this important time together.

As they turned their corner to the school, the children frantically waved, and I waved back.

It was a morning to remember.


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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