Thursday, June 06, 2019

Brother Lawrence: being mindful of God

Thursday, June 6, 2019
    Commemoration of Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945
    They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
    —Isaiah 11:9 (NIV)
    One way to recollect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far at other times. You should keep it strictly in the Presence of God; and, being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings.
    ... Brother Lawrence (c.1605-1691), The Practice of the Presence of God, New York, Revell, 1895, Eighth Letter, p. 35-36 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 11:9; Job 34:21-22; Ps. 16:8-11; 73:23; 139:7-10; Acts 2:25-28; Phil. 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I acknowledge that You are present at all times.
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