The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/04/1997):

Worship All the Time
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK comes from a letter that Brother Lawrence
(17th century Carmelite monk) wrote to a woman who was overcome with the
cares of life. He instructed her in "the practice of the presence of God."


In the midst of your work console yourself with Him as often as you can.
During your meals and your conversations, lift your heart towards Him
sometimes; the slightest little remembrance will always be very pleasant to
Him. To do this you do not need to shout loudly. He is closer to us than we

We do not have to be constantly in church to be with God. We can make of our
heart a prayer room into which we can retire from time to time to converse
with Him gently, humbly and lovingly. Everyone is capable of these familiar
conversations with God - some more, some less. He knows what our capabilities
are. Let us begin: perhaps He is only waiting a generous resolve on our part.
Take courage: we have little time left to live. You are almost sixty-four
years old, and I am approaching eighty. Let us live and die with God! The
sufferings will always be sweeter and more pleasant when we are with Him, and
the greatest pleasure without Him will be cruel torture. May He be blessed by
all. AMEN."

-Brother Lawrence (c. 1611-1691) in THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD,
translated by Robert J. Edmonson, Paraclete Living Library, 1984.

[Lord, take my heart for a prayer room. Help me to practice your presence
today. Amen!]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam