Jul
01

Practicing the Presence – Pt.1

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This post comes from the classic Christian devotional by Bro. Lawrence (Lawrence, Brother (Nicholas Herman, c. 1605-1691) who was a monk in the 1600’s. His simple but profound writings are an encouragement to believers today who desire to discover the presence of God in the midst of any chore, circumstance or crisis. It is truly gold for those desiring to live with a greater awareness of God’s presence in their lives. There are numerous postings from this work. You can view them all under the category, PRACTICING THE PRESENCE.

The material for the PRACTICING THE PRESENCE category was acquired from the (UTF-8) free text version through Christian Classics Ethereal Library at Calvin College, http://www.ccel.org  This site is a great resource for Classic public domain materials such as this.

  

PREFACE

"I believe in the … communion of saints."

SURELY if additional proof of its reality were needed, it might be
found in the universal oneness of experimental Christianity in all ages
and in all lands. The experiences of Thomas a Kempis, of Tauler and of
Madame Guyon, of John Woolman and Hester Ann Rogers, how marvellously
they agree, and how perfectly they harmonize! And Nicholas Herman, of
Lorraine, whose letters and converse are here given, testifies to the
same truth! In communion with Rome, a lay brother among the Carmelites,
for several years a soldier, in an irreligious age, amid a sceptical
people, yet in him the practice of the presence of GOD was as much a
reality as the "watch" of the early Friends, and the "holy seed" in him
and others was the "stock" (Isa. vi. 13) from which grew the household
and evangelistic piety of the eighteenth century, of Epworth and of
Moorfields.

"When unadorned, adorned the most" is the line which deters from any
interpolations or interpretations other than the few "contents"
headings which are given. May the "Christ in you" be the "hope of
glory" to all who read.

 

 

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