“The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen … I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”
Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth-century French monk, learned to practice the presence of God at all times. Since I get so easily distracted by all the busyness of life, I decided to the next book to select from my “To Be Read” pile would be The Practice of the Presence of God, a collection of his conversations and letters. (My copy also contained a lesser known summary of his teachings called The Spiritual Maxims of Brother Lawrence.)
It’s short (yeah!) but deep. And the more-formal writing takes a bit of deciphering at times. But his secret to being close to God all the time is worth finding.
After all, God is with me wherever I go. Even in the kitchen.
(Check back on Wednesdays through July for more picks from my “To Be Read” pile this summer.)
What about you? When do you feel God’s presence? Only at church or in quiet times? How about when driving the carpool or in business meetings? Why or why not?