God’s presence

Actual Presence

I make it my business 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 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

Practicing God’s Presence

For this week I want to share a few quotes from Brother Lawrence (c 1614 – 1691) with you.

I walk before God simply, in faith, with humility and with love; and I apply myself diligently to do nothing and think nothing which may displease Him … and this without any other view than purely for the love of Him, and because He deserves infinitely more.

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In continuing the practice of conversing with God throughout each day, and quickly seeking His forgiveness when I fell or strayed, His presence has become as easy and natural to me now as it once was difficult to attain.
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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.

(found on Practice God’s Presence.com)

Brother Lawrence became known for “practicing God’s presence.” His letters and conversations were later published in “Practicing His Presence” which can be downloaded from Gutenberg.org.