Learning from Brother Lawerence

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (c. 1614 – 12 February 1691) served as a lay brother in aCarmelite monastery in Paris. Christians commonly remember him for the intimacy he expressed concerning his relationship to God as recorded in a book compiled after his death, the classicChristian text, The Practice of the Presence of God.
The book is a collection of letters he wrote and conversations with people who sought his spiritual help. Here is an extract which explains how it all began. (Wilkepedia)“THE first time I saw Brother Lawrence was upon the 3rd of August, 1666.
He told me that GOD had done him a singular favour, in his conversion
at the age of eighteen. That in the winter, seeing a tree stripped of its leaves, and
considering that within a little time, the leaves would be renewed, and
after that the flowers and fruit appear, he received a high view of the
Providence and Power of GOD, which has never since been effaced from
his soul. That this view had perfectly set him loose from the world,
and kindled in him such a love for GOD, that he could not tell whether
it had increased in above forty years that he had lived since.”

I find that life in a North American city as Montreal, with terribly long cold winters certainly gives us the opportunity to dwell on some of the very things that changed the life of Brother Lawerence and made him the saint we know of today.
During the cold sub zero days of winter when the trees appear all dead and at times covered with frost and ice, who would ever think that one day they will come to life again?
Yesterday I went for a walk near the Atwater market and saw the beautiful varieties of flowers being sold for gardens. There were even tropical bourganvillas.

Walking near the Lachine Canal the trees have all come alive and are bursting with new shoots and green leaves and some with flowers. Just but one month ago, visitors to our city would never have imagined the possibility.

photo I took yesterday.

If only we had the faith of Brother Lawerence in regards to our own life and difficulties.
In circumstances which seem almost impossible as in the case of severe illness, to mention but one. And in the case of some trials and difficulties which we have to face, we have this wonder of nature all around us to contemplate and remind us that one day things will change. They must also pass as all things do.
Revelation 21.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’or mourning or crying or pain,for the old order of things has passed away

How to love & worship God? (Brother Lawrence – The  – Youtube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=crTLPWqTT2Y24 Mar 2009 – 7 min – Uploaded by LoveGodEndlessly
The greatest commandment: TO LOVE GOD! How do we get to the point of loving God with all our heart, soul 
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