Thoughts on “The Practice of the Presence of God”
by Harry Sio
Thoughts on The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Two weeks ago, I was denied by the only graduate school I had applied for. Instead of giving up, I focused on doing quiet time before God consistently. Our spiritual group leader, Nick Wu, always mentions the importance of quiet time, which is a peaceful and delightful 1-on-1 moment with God every day. Brother Lawrence set forth the essential advantages of developing a “secret conversation of the soul with God” in his 2nd letter in this book.
Honestly, I didn’t quite understand the integrated meaning of maintaining consistent quiet time until I experienced school rejection. Usually, it takes me 1-2 weeks to recover from a failure, but this time I bounced back in 3-4 days with consistent quiet time. In my suffering, my heart found comfort and grace in quiet time, and now I increasingly realize the power of the presence of God. Significantly, Brother Lawrence pointed out that, “In difficulties, we need only…beg for his grace, with which everything became easy.” (3rd letter) I pray that all of us are continually ask for God’s grace, as we going through various challenges during the current pandemic.
Other quotes that stood out to me from this book:
- That we ought to give ourselves up to GOD, with regard both to things temporal and spiritual, and seek our satisfaction only in the fulfilling His will, whether He lead us by suffering or by consolation, for all would be equal to a soul truly resigned. (1st conversation)
- How can we pray to Him without being with Him? How can we be with Him but in thinking of Him often? And how can we often think of Him, but by a holy habit which we should form of it? (9th letter)
- Pains and suffering would be a paradise to me, while I should suffer with my GOD; (11th letter)