Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Brother Lawrence (1611-1691)

The most excellent method of going to God is that of doing our common business without any view of pleasing people but purely for the love of God.

We ought not to grow tired of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.

God has infinite treasure to bestow, and we take up with a little sensible devotion which passes in a moment. Blind as we are, we hinder God and stop the current of His grace. But when He finds a soul penetrated with a lively faith, He pours into it His grace and favors plentifully.

How can we pray to Him without being with Him? How can we be with Him without thinking of Him often? And how can we think of Him but by a holy habit we should form of it?

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.


Dave Jacobs said...

Oh how I love this. What a great reminder of a simple truth. Our friend Thomas Merton said, "Spirituality isn't difficult, but it is hard."

Thanks for the post.

Brad Culver said...

Thanx David.Always great to have you chime in. I am always so encouraged by the accessibility to God that Brother Lawrence advocates. .. yet as the Psalmist said anything worth something costs something. Spirituality is simple but it work. Deep peace

Tim Shey said...

Very good post. Our life is the sermon. I like what Oswald Chambers once wrote: that the man in the presence of God is in the will of God.

Brad Culver said...

Tim always appreciate your input. As for the great post. Brother Lawrence makes for great raw material. Wasn't it Paul that made reference to that fact that we could follow him because he followed Christ. Our lives should reflect in truth the one we say we follow. Thanx again.