Thursday, September 01, 2005

CQOD: 09/02/05 -- Brother Lawrence: practicing the Presence

Christian Quotation of the Day

September 2, 2005
Commemoration of Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1942
    Pray without ceasing.
    -- 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)

    I have quitted all forms of devotion and set prayers but those to which my state obliges me. And I make it my business only to persevere in His holy presence, wherein I keep myself by a simple attention, and a general fond regard to God, which I may call an actual presence of God; or, to speak better, an habitual, silent, and secret conversation of the soul with God, which often causes in me joys and raptures inwardly, and sometimes also outwardly, so great that I am forced to use means to moderate them, and prevent their appearance to others.
    ... Brother Lawrence (c.1605-1691), The Practice of the Presence of God

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to return to You when my mind wanders.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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