Old Waters; New Thirsts

A scientifically-inclined friend of mine informs me that there is no new water on the earth.

In other words, the water that dinosaurs drank, oceans sprayed and clouds released has been the same since the beginning of time.

Water created, water present, water used, water renewed, in an endless cycle of sharing the gift from earth to sky to earth to sky.

What is old must be treasured, but must also be renewed. Once renewed the old invests the new with a timeless strength, and a source of replenishment.

Time and natural effort can reclaim the old, filter it and present it in fresh ways to us.

We are refreshed by the old now renewed, and from us the old enters the cycle again — to be used by a new generation after it has been embraced, used, renewed and now… shared.

What old things do you know of that are going through a redemptive process?


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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