Brother Lawrence

Those who have the gale of the Holy Spirit go forward even in sleep.

If the vessel of our soul is still tossed with winds and storms,

let us awake the Lord who reposes in it.

He will quickly calm the sea.


God’s Promise of Mercy

Malachi 3:13-18

“You have said terrible things about me,” says the Lord.

“But you ask, ‘What have we said about you?’

You have said, ‘It’s useless to serve God.

What’s the use of doing what he says or trying to show

the Lord Almighty that we are sorry for what we have done?

As we see it, proud people are the ones who are happy.

Evil people not only prosper, but they test God’s patience

with their evil deeds and get away with it.”

Then the people who feared the Lord spoke to one another,

and the Lord listened and heard what they said.

In his presence, there was written down in a book a record

of those who feared the Lord and respected him.

“They will be my people,” says the Lord Almighty.

“On the day when I act, they will be my very own.

I will be merciful to them, as a father is merciful to the son who serves him.

Once again my people will see the difference between what

happens to the righteous and to the wicked, to the person

who serves me and the one who does not.

The Promise of the Lord’s Coming

2 Peter 3:8-15

But do not forget one thing, my dear friends!
There is no difference in the Lord’s sight
between one day and a thousand years;
to him the two are the same.
The Lord is not slow to do what he has promised,
as some think.
Instead, he is patient with you,
because he does not want anyone to be destroyed,
but wants all to turn away from their sins.
But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief.
On that Day the heavens will disappear with a shrill noise,
the heavenly bodies will burn up and be destroyed,
and the earth with everything in it will vanish.
Since all these things will be destroyed in this way,
what kind of people should you be?
Your lives should be holy and dedicated to God,
as you wait fot the Day of God
and do your best to make it come soon –
the Day when the heavens will burn up,
and the heavenly bodies will be melted by the heat.
But we wait for what God has promised:
a new heaven and a new earth,
where righteousness will be at home.
And so, my friends, as you wait for that day,
do your best to be pure and faultless in God’s sight
and to be at peace with him.
Look on our Lord’s patience as the opportunity
he has giving you to be saved,
just as our dear brother Paul; wrote to you,
using the wisdom that God gave him.