Brooks: the silences of God
Feast of All Saints
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
—1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)
I never think of [the silences of God] without thinking how great is the delight which comes when any man discovers that God really has been answering him all the time when he thought that his prayers were all unheard. That must be one of the most exquisite joys of heaven.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), The Light of the World, and Other Sermons, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1904, p. 132 (see the book)
See also 1 John 5:14-15; Ps. 4:1; 10:1; 22:1; 35:22; 46:1,10; 83:1; 88:14; Hab. 1:2; Luke 15:7
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, You are never far from me.
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