Case, Steve. God Is Here. Connecting with Him in everyday life. Relevant Media Group. 2005.
S.C.- author, pastor. Lives in Florida.
Steve does a “commentary” on Brother Lawrence’s book, ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’. There are many practical truths presented that are helpful in having an ongoing (daily, hourly,) relationship with God. Brother Lawrence lived out such a life and was effective in teaching others about that life through his writings. Steve applies those writings to life in our present day culture.
Born in 1611, in Hermenil, France, Brother Lawrence became a Carmelite monk. He worked in the kitchen of his monastery with pots and pans. “Rich and poor, old and young, educated and simple- all found that a conversation with Brother Lawrence was most rewarding.” (9)
“Acquiring a spiritual life is all about recognizing God, making time for God, admitting shortcomings to god, and understanding that God is here.” (35) “God is in all things.” (50) Brother Lawrence explained the union of the soul with God as existing in three degrees,” general, virtual, and actual”. (60-62) He suggested seven steps that were part of acquiring the presence of God.
“The whole substance of religion was faith, hope and charity, by the practice of which we become united to the will of God.” Br. Lawrence. Remaining focused at all times (in prayer) takes practice.
“Think and thank.” (152) The practice of the presence of God requires attention and focus. Our heart is where our treasure is.
“All things are possible to him who believes, they are less difficult to him who hopes, they are more easy to him who loves and still more easy to him who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues. -Brother Lawrence.