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Brother Lawrence was a French monk who lived from 1611

to 1691. You might think that a man who was born nearly

400 years ago would have very little to say to today’s

working people, but he had some great insights into our

theme of ministry in daily life. Brother Lawrence (The

Practice of the Presence of God, p. 81) wrote: "It is

not necessary to have great things to do. I turn my

little omelette in the pan for the love of God; when

it is finished, if I have nothing to do, I prostrate

myself on the ground and adore my God, who gave me the

grace to make it, after which I arise, more content

than a king. When I cannot do anything else, it is

enough for me to have lifted a straw from the earth

for the love of God. People seek for methods of

learning to love God. They hope to arrive at it by

I know not how many different practices; they take

much trouble to remain in the presence of God in a

quantity of ways. Is it not much shorter and more

direct to do everything for the love of God, to make

use of all the labors of one’s state in life to show

Him that love, and to maintain His presence within us

by this communion of our hearts with His? There is no

finesse about it; one has only to do it generously and


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