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Brother Lawrence said that “we must watch over all the movements of the soul, since it can become entangled in spiritual things as well as in the most base.” Some attitudes, thoughts, feelings, actions, and motives move us closer to God. Some attitudes, thoughts, feelings, actions, and motives move us away from God. Reading the Bible, praying, participating in worship services, grieving over sin, thinking about Jesus and the cross, doing justice, serving people – all these and more can stir our hearts toward God. As we

Brother Lawrence said that “we must establish ourselves in God’s presence by continually conversing with him, and that it was shameful to give up conversation with him to turn to foolishness. We must nourish our souls with an exalted idea of God, and thereby we will draw great joy from being with him.” Here Brother Lawrence makes one grand yet simple discovery of the spiritual life. One spiritual practice he found especially needful and genuinely transformative – practicing or cultivating the

As Brother Lawrence wants to go deeper with God, he follows his faith journey to serve the Lord in a monastery. Yet he is anxious. He anticipates the brothers would mock his awkwardness and his superiors would point out his imperfections. He even fears that God would crush him for his many failures and sins. Focusing for so long on his limitations, he struggles with rejection and defeat. Nonetheless, he concludes that his only hope is to give up life’s pleasures and offer

Brother Lawrence “was a clumsy oaf who broke everything.” Klutzy, awkward, bunglesome, accident prone – he frustrates himself while frustrating others. Perhaps he heard more than once: “I wouldn’t trust him carrying dishes in the kitchen. Wherever he goes, things seem to break.” Consider his full résumé: Lives in poverty. Lacks a formal education. Experienced the injustices of war as a soldier. Wounded in battle. A household servant. A lay brother. Works in a kitchen. Repairs sandals. In his conversations, we learn that

The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos refers to chronological time as in “the exact time the star had appeared” for the Magi (Matthew 2:7). Kairos refers to opportune and decisive moments as in “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Brother Lawrence had such a grace-filled, karios moment. We are told: “I saw Brother Lawrence for the first time, and he told me that God had granted him a special grace of conversion at the age of eighteen when he was

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