Remembering Our Way Forward

Tonight Peter Fitch, my daughter and I, and some friends, are leading a brief Christmas service a local funeral home puts on yearly for those who have lost a loved one this year.

We lead a few carols, I’ll offer a short reflection, and Peter will lead us in prayer.

Then, we go outside to a Christmas tree, and families and friends will hang stars in honor of the one they’ve lost.

I think it’s a beautiful, simple idea. A privilege, as I shared a few days ago, to aid the comfort of the heart with the gift of music and words.


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.