Tonight we talked about the practice of an everyday faith. The word of Brother Lawrence are a guide . . .
“You need not cry very loud: He is nearer to us than we think.”
“That there needed neither art nor science for going to GOD, but only a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but Him, or for His sake, and to love Him only.”
“By rising after my falls, and by frequently renewed acts of faith and love, I am come to a state wherein it would be as difficult for me not to think of God as it was at first to accustom myself to it.”
I find the final quote one that I long for. That “thinking of God first” is a matter of practice and process–it doesn’t just happen.
A practice like the following, is one that just might place us on the path of mindfulness. It is a prayer modeled after the Daily Examen.
EVERYDAY EXAMINE • a practice in Awake-Full-Ness
Return to the beginning of your week/day.
Ask to have eyes open to the nearness of God.
Filter through your moments.
Take note of interactions, settings, feelings, times together & in solitude.
Note what shimmers.
What moment stands out or stays with you.
Consider this as nearness.
Rather than second guessing—consider that which stands out as meaningful. What about it matters? What speaks “nearness” about the moment? Is this a reoccurring theme? Is it a unique encounter?
Ask that you might be AWAKE enough to sense God in the moment.
We ended the night considering one final quote of Brother Lawrence as we shared in communion.
“The King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the key of His treasures; He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways, and treats me in all respects as His favorite. It is thus I consider myself from time to time in His holy presence.” – Brother Lawrence
Christ body broken for all.
Christ blood poured out for forgiveness for all.
His embrace, in this moment and in all.