On Effects And Butterflies

My wings are wet, and yet I fan them
Out on space before me
Drying in their moment seized
Prepared for flight and force

Into the sky I lunge now piercing
Air that waits above me
Drawing in its flaming breath
Struck red by blood of sunrise

With a heave t’ward lust and light
Wing with force and thrust
Cuts now into the misty morning
Lifting me into it

Repercussions of my stroke
They say can bring a stormfront
Weeks from now in southern fields
Of water and of lightning

This quick effect, or slow it seems,
Was never in my vision
But knowing that my thrust had force
Enables me to land


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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