Thursday, September 01, 2011

Brother Lawrence: continuing with God

Thursday, September 1, 2011
    Commemoration of Giles of Provence, Hermit, c.710
    The lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the LORD must be tended continually.
    —Leviticus 24:4 (NIV)
    [He said] that it was a great delusion to think that the times of prayer ought to differ from other times; that we are as strictly obliged to adhere to God by action in the time of action as by prayer in the season of prayer.
    That his prayer was nothing else but a sense of the Presence of God, his soul being at that time insensible to everything but Divine Love; and that when the appointed times of prayer were past, he found no difference, because he still continued with God, praising and blessing Him with all his might, so that he passed his life in continual joy; yet hoped that God would give him somewhat to suffer when he should have grown stronger.
    ... Brother Lawrence (c.1605-1691), The Practice of the Presence of God, New York, Revell, 1895, p. 16-17 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, there is nothing richer than communion with You.
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