Letters by a Modern Mystic: Excerpts from letters written to his father by Frank C. Laubach
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Have you ever considered what it might be like to live in conscious moment-by-moment communion with God? Letters by a Modern Mystic recounts Frank Laubach's spiritual journey as he began such an experiment while serving as a missionary in the Philippines in the 1930s.
Jesus said God hated more than any other. It is so diametrically opposite to the spirit of God. For God forever lavishes His gifts upon the good and bad alike, and finds all His joy in endless giving. You see, I feel deeply about us all. Beside Jesus, the whole lot of us are so contemptible. I do not see how God stomachs us at all. But God is like Jesus, and He will not give up until we, too, are like Jesus. 12 OCTOBER 1930 How I wish, wish, wish that a dozen or more persons who are
the past few days I have been experimenting in a more complete surrender than ever before. I am taking, by deliberate act of will, enough time from each hour to give God much thought. Yesterday and today I have made a new adventure, which is not easy to express. I am feeling God in each movement, by an act of will—willing that He shall direct these fingers that now strike this typewriter—willing that He shall pour through my steps as I walk—willing that He shall direct my words as I speak, and my
an empty chair beside you and imagine that your Unseen Master is sitting in it; if possible reach your hand and touch that chair, as though holding His hand. He is there, for He said: “Lo, I am with you always.” 3. Keep humming to yourself a favorite prayer hymn—for example, “Have Thine Own Way, Lord, Have Thine Own Way.” 4. Silently pray for each person in the circle. 5. Keep whispering inside: “Lord, put Thy thoughts in my mind. Tell me what to say.” 6. Best of all, tell your companions
that is good. Other things are helpful, such as periodic, intense study of the Gospels and fellowship with others who are walking the same way and practicing the same life. But the heart of the matter is turning the mind to God for one brief second of each minute. When we set ourselves to do this, we will discover many ways of doing it and many things that can help us. God will assist the eager soul to learn as it goes. Frank Laubach was well educated in how the mind works. He knew how we are
follow the instructions given in this book, you will very quickly see the astonishing results. Why not begin now? The door is open, and the Master calls. You certainly have nothing better to do. As you follow these instructions, everything else you do will go better than ever before. Dallas Willard A son introducing his father Why read a diary kept by a man who lived three-quarters of a century ago? Because it is a diary of a man’s walk with God. That man—Frank C. Laubach,