Thanksgiving, EarthQuakes, and Hope

Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday. Lots of celebration and storytelling with kids, Grandparents and SSU friends.

My lovely wife and I went to a bed and breakfast in Northern Maine called The Chadbourne House, that is just incredible. Our hosts, David and Jill Westphal, took such great care to make sure we had a rich time together — and became fast friends.

The devastation in Asia right now is every bit as weighty on my heart as any of the events here in North America. Pray for the broken families and the governments with me even as you read this blog entry.

Life this side of Eden’s rift continues to demand that we be good human beings to one another.

I’m doing some editing work for a new training program called Trinity Learning Community in California that is rich in combining community with skilled training for Christian leaders. They’ll partner with SSU in some way through the times ahead.

I’m thinking, today, that there is great hope for all of us today. We are being looked after.


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.

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