Someone recently suggested to me that I read The Practice of the Presence of God by Br.Lawrence. I’m embarrassed to say that in years of seeing it on a bookshelf, I’ve never picked it up. Br.Lawrence was a monk in the seventeenth century. He received a revelation of God at age eighteen, and from then on, his whole life was devoted to the love and service of God. His words are so simple and yet so challenging.
Everything he did, was in the midst of a loving conversation with God and all for his pleasure — including years working in the monastery kitchen where washing pots and pans became a source of love and revelation from God.
I find myself clinging to his words with all the hope I can muster as I struggle to bring God into that place in my own life.
“He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.”