To See The World This Way

For some reason, this morning I awoke with a deep sense of joy in being present on earth, now.

Kissing my wife’s forehead seemed sweeter, singing a song in my heart a friend is writing seemed a gift, and looking forward to seeing the usual crowd today seemed a worthy enterprise for the course of this one day.

I pressed my face to the window I had just lifted the blind on, heard the bustle of traffic on our small main street, and thanked God for a day full of simple gifts ahead.

With war in the world, innocents at risk, and the possibility that the selfish will wrest life from the weak, I expect that in part, my part, is to see the world this way.

RELEASES FEB. 8, 2022 | Brazos press

Sheltering Mercy 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. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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