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An Habitual, Silent and Secret Conversation
by Brother Lawrence

When I reached the point where I wanted to quit, I found myself changed all at once. I found a sense of peace in my soul. Ever since that time I have walked before God in simple faith, with humility and with love and I apply myself diligently to do nothing and to think nothing which might displease God. I hope that when I have done what I can, He will do with me as He pleases.

I no longer have any pain or difficulty in my devotional life because I have no will except that of God's which I endeavor to do in all things. I make it my practice to preserve His holy presence by simple attention and a general fond regard of God. In other words I make hole a habitual, silent and secret conversation with God all day long.

This King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastening me, embraces me with love, invites me to feast at His table, serves me with His own hands and gives me the key to His treasures. He converses with me and takes delight in me and treats me as if I were His favorite. this is how imagine myself from time to time in His holy presence.

If sometimes my thoughts wander from God because of necessity, I am recalled back to God soon after by inward sensations so charming and delicious that I am afraid to speak of them.

I desire only Him and to be wholly devoted to Him.

Excerpts from 'Devotional Classics' edited by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith
Brother Lawrence (1611-1691)