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Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth century uneducated monk, is best known for a book of his letters and conversations, The Practice of the Presence of God.  He lived and died testifying to a keen awareness of God’s constant companionship all through the day. In one of his essays, he answered the “How” question. 

Here’s how we usually view sickness and trouble as Christians – (1)   Those who love me want me to be as healthy and happy as possible. (2)   Since God loves me, he wants me to be as healthy and happy as possible. (3)   If I’m sick or in trouble, I should ask God to make […]

I could never have written “The Joy of Running.”  Maybe “The Pain of Running.”  But I’ve still tried to run/jog a little through the years.  My current goal is to be able to run 3 miles regularly without stopping to walk/rest.  We’re not talking fast here – 3 miles in 30 minutes is a good […]

The Presence, Part 1 by bob

June 1st, 2009

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Early in the seventeenth century, Europe was embroiled in a war of words and swords over religion, politics, and power.  Nobody had conceived yet that “freedom of religion” was a good idea.  To control land was to coerce religious conformity.  Catholics fought Protestants and Protestants fought other Protestants.