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    July 10, 2019

    James 4:8 ~ Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.

    “Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God.” – Meister Eckhart

         Brother Lawrence was a simple, lay, Carmelite monk in 17th century France who spent most of his time working in the abbey’s kitchen washing dishes. We know his name because he was so tuned-in to the presence of God that even while he was in the midst of his mundane chores he knew he was experiencing the Sacred. It is from this simple monk that we can learn to live Coram Deo – in the Presence of God.

    “Our lives are fragmented. It is to this condition of fragmentation and alienation that Brother Lawrence speaks when he presents us with the practice of the presence of God. Brother Lawrence had a deep conviction that prayer is not saying prayers but a way of living in which all we do becomes prayer. We indeed are called not just to say prayers but to live a prayerful life.
    “For Brother Lawrence the practice of the presence of God was not a practice for a few moments a day, not even for a few hours a day. No, for him it was a practice that permeated every moment of his day. This simple but difficult way of Brother Lawrence is indeed a great challenge for us today….It is the way to God.” – Henri Nouwen

    Practicing…
    Find a partner to have a discussion with, or if you prefer, try some journal writing as you reflect on these questions…

    • This week I sensed Sacred Presence when I…
    • This week I savoured God’s Presence when I…
    • This week I found it hard to notice the Sacred because I…
    • This week when I sensed and savoured God’s Presence it made me feel…
    • This week I sensed God’s Presence in an unexpected place…
    • I’m finding I tend to “notice” when I’m…

    Surely God is in this place…

    Shalom,
    Larry
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