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December 13, 2007

Oak Tree

… Brother Lawrence reminds me to chill… Here are the words I read this morning that resounded deeply in my soul space: “The holiest, most common, most necessary practice in the spiritual life is the presence of God, that is to take delight in and become accustomed to His divine company, speaking humbly and talking lovingly with Him at every moment, WITHOUT RULE OR SYSTEM and especially in times of temptation, suffering, spiritual aridity, disgust and even of unfaithfulness and sin. We must continually work hard so that each of our actions is a way of carrying on little conversations with God, NOT IN ANY CAREFULLY PREPARED WAY BUT AS IT COMES FROM THE PURITY AND SIMPLICITY OF THE HEART.” ( emphasis mine… from The Practice of the Presence of God by; Image Books edition; Brother Lawrence; p. 101) The barren oak tree is a symbol of what started Brother Lawrence down the path of practicing the presence of God. It’s a powerful symbol to me for that reason (Bro Lawrence has been the single most import and helpful devotional writer for my life journey) and many other reasons as well…   Elpida tat 

9 Comments leave one →
  1. patlo permalink
    December 18, 2007 6:10 pm


    That’s powerful, and hits me right where I need as well. Thanks, Kedge!

  2. April 7, 2008 11:43 am

    Well, I find it extraordinarily interesting

  3. Sylvia permalink
    April 23, 2008 9:16 pm

    Who is Mark Palmer?

  4. May 24, 2009 8:44 pm

    wat does the symbol below the tree mean? and where did you find the graphic of that tree. That tattoo is an awsome and meaningful symbol.

  5. November 4, 2010 11:14 am

    The Notebook movie would always put a tear on my eyes, i love this movie very very much ..

  6. Calvin permalink
    September 20, 2011 7:17 pm

    epsilon lambda iota pi delta alpha means hope. the barren oak tree represents the hope spring. God revives us and brings us hope, just like spring revives God’s creation. i go to Covenant College and the hall i live on is called The Brotherhood of Lawrence. hopefully gonna get this tat when i graduate. in Christ, calvin.

    • Calvin permalink
      September 20, 2011 7:18 pm

      *the hope spring BRINGS. left that off that second sentence haha.


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