Friday, August 12, 2011

Practicing

Recently I re-read the devotional classic, The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. This time my reading of the book resonates with my heart, mind and soul to a greater degree from the last time that I read it. It's always interesting to discover through reading something a second time in this manner that God genuinely has created progress in one's soul. It's not easy to discern spiritual progress. Perhaps my noticing of this difference as I read this book is not even a sign of that. However, none of that was my purpose in mentioning the book here.

Rather, I'm intrigued by his practical language describing how to keep his mind focused on God. I've reached for such descriptions for the sake of my own mind and practice and for the sake of assisting others, but have often found them just beyond what I could articulate. That's why i found these words to be just what I wish I had said.
Pray remember what I have recommended to you, which is, to think often on GOD, by day, by night, in your business, and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave Him not alone. You would think it rude to leave a friend alone, who came to visit you: why then must GOD be neglected? Do not then forget Him, but think on Him often, adore Him continually, live and die with Him; this is the glorious employment of a Christian; in a word, this is our profession, if we do not know it we must learn it. I will endeavour to help you with my prayers, and am yours in our LORD.Lawrence, Brother (2010-04-21). The Practice of The Presence of God (Kindle Locations 354-358). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

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