Friday, November 4, 2011

For Love of God

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. (Psalms 96:1-2) (KJV)
"Often in these times we seem to be grasping at straws in our weak attempts to meet the terrifying demands of a world seemingly at odds with creation and its Creator."(1)
This is the opening line on the jacket cover for a book by Brother Lawrence entitled, The Practice of the Presence of God.  Brother Lawrence was perhaps one of the more humble men in Christian history, spending most of his latter life as a cook in a monastery.  Brother Lawrence is the guy who integrates his work with prayer so tightly that they become one activity.  Brother Lawrence spoke unceasingly about doing everything for love of God -- every thought, every action, every deed, every word should be done out of love for God.

How much of our day are we conscious of God's love for us?  How often are our words for others spoken in the love of God?  The "terrifying" world would be a radically different place if we were all working diligently to show forth God's love and salvation. Sing the Lord's love in our hearts every day, all day, perhaps it will color all our thoughts and actions.  It will change the world!

O heavenly Father, in whom we move and have our being.  We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy love that in all cares and occupations of our life we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever walking in thy sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.(2)

(1) Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, c. 1958, Fleming H. Revel Company, Westwood, New Jersey.
(2) The Common Book of Prayer, The Episcopal Church. 

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