[ READING :: Psalm 84 ]

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

There is always a temptation to think that in the desert God is absent. There is a temptation when we look inward to think that because of our junk God has ran away. This week we will remember that despite our desert journey and the junk we carry God present.

Brother Lawrence wrote a spiritual classic entitle Practice of the Presence of God. One of those books that never goes out of style and is always relevant for every generation. I read this book a couple years ago and it’s stuck with me. I’ll probably be quoting him a lot this. I recommend you pick up the book at some point but here are a couple quote to get us started.


If you are young, my brother or sister, learn - i beg you - from my confession, that i cared too little to employ my early years for God.

Consecrate all yours to His Love.

If i had only known Him sooner, if i had only had some one to tell me then what i am telling you, i would not have delayed so long in loving him. Believe me, count as lost each day you have not used in loving God.


The presence of God is thus the life and nourishment of the soul.

-- From Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

(here is a link to the version of this book that i have.)

? Are you able to sense God's presence even when you find yourself in the desert ?