the wisdom of Brother Lawrence

 GOD knows best what is needful for us, and all that God does is for our good.    If we knew how much God loves us, we should be always ready to receive equally and with indifference from His hand the sweet and the bitter; all would please that came from God.   Let all our employment be to know God: the more one knows God, the more one desires to know God. And as knowledge is commonly the measure of love, the deeper and more extensive our knowledge shall be, the greater will be our love: and if our love of God were great we should love Him equally in pains and pleasures.  Let us seek God often by faith: God is within us; seek God not elsewhere.  {Brother Lawrence}

GOD knows best what is needful for us, and all that God does is for our good.  

If we knew how much God loves us, we should be always ready to receive equally and with indifference from His hand the sweet and the bitter; all would please that came from God. 

Let all our employment be to know God: the more one knows God, the more one desires to know God. And as knowledge is commonly the measure of love, the deeper and more extensive our knowledge shall be, the greater will be our love: and if our love of God were great we should love Him equally in pains and pleasures.

Let us seek God often by faith: God is within us; seek God not elsewhere.  {Brother Lawrence}


Brother Lawrence, a lame war veteran, uneducated and clumsy, discovered his purpose at last: to simply live in the presence of the loving God.  The poet Denise Levertov writes that he "entered then the unending 'silent secret conversation,' the life of steadfast attention"  and found that the labors of everyday life became infused with "streams of sparkling color."  

Brother Lawrence invites us to love God. To know God. To be transformed.