The First Snow

The first PowerSnow has just fallen on us here at St. Stephen’s University.

It’s absolutely beautiful. We collected trees and boughs of long needle white pines this afternoon in the forests of New Brunswick. Yet, the shovelling has got to go.

Human beings – we respond to seasons, just like we have for thousands and thousands of years, and just like we will for thousands and thousands more.

For all our thoughts about cultural formation and emerging spiritual forms, human beings will be human beings. We’re made for the earth and its activities, and it is made for us. It’s our optimal, sensory and spiritual environment.

According the New Testament canon, we won’t leave it in the end to float around the Andromeda galaxy; the heavens and the earth will be made new for us – our eternal home in the cosmos will involve the sod that is part of our nature, and God’s breath which is part of our nature.

All that we find beautiful we frame in the language of either creation and its ideas, or relationships and their ideas.

The first snow has fallen here at St. Stephen’s University.


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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