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The etymology of Godspeed according to Wiktionary: From Middle English phrase God spede (“may God cause you to succeed”), from God (“god”) + spede, subjunctive of speden (“to prosper”), from Old English spēdan, fromspēd (“success”) 

We rarely use it today.  If and when we do use it, it hardly sets off any spiritual spark as it once had among people of faith.

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s progress contains a farewell from Evangelist, bidding Godspeed to Christian and encouraging him to continue on his journey.  We see it in Fiddler on the Roof with the “Sabbath Prayer” scene, singing: “May God bless you and keep you.” It is common to our Christian benedictions, where we bid each other good tidings until we meet again as we quote Numbers 6:24-26.

We are familiar with such blessings as we part company, but we are far from doing them regularly.  We rarely do so other than as part of our liturgical program or format.  If nothing else, it is a sign to eager and fidgety children that church is almost over.  Sadly, we do not use such words when we part ways any longer.

If we understood what it meant, would we wish our brother or sister in Christ Godspeed?

Do we really want other Christians to succeed right before our own eyes and in our midst?

Can we praise God for Him blessing someone else despite all of our prayers, petitions and supplications for the same thing for ourselves?

I ask us to ponder such a thing.  I wish us to seek the Lord’s direction in how we deal with one another.  In all these things, I bid you Godspeed.

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Do not forget Him but think of Him often. Adore Him continually. Live and die with Him. This is the glorious work of a Christian; in a word, this is our profession.- Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God gives ancient wisdom on walking with God.  Get into Christianity or Christendom for any length of time and some names like Bunyan, Moody, Lewis, Chambers and Finney echo with wise words on everything from salvation to heaven itself.  Yet, when you come to the point where you can read Brother Lawrence’s carefully crafted letters in The Practice of the Presence of God, you feel as if Saint Francis of Assisi had a love-child with the Apostle Paul, giving birth to the stirring soul of Brother Lawrence.

As Christians, Brother Lawrence shares that we have a “glorious work.” Included in this glorious work are three major practices:

  1. Thinking of God often
  2. Adoring God without ceasing
  3. Living and dying with God

Brother Lawrence calls it our “glorious work,” saying: “…in a word, this is our profession.” He affirms it as our priority by stating: “If we do not know it, we must learn it. ” In other words, if it is not your daily practice and pursuit, make it your business to learn how to make it so.

In our daily pursuits, we must learn the “glorious work of a Christian.” You can download and print a copy of Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God for fee.  Yet, meditate on what Brother Lawrence says here.  Spend some time thinking deeply about the “glorious work” that God has called you to do as a Christian.  How would you rate yourself on your thinking of God and your adoration of God? What about how you live for God? See where you stand now.  Compare where you stand to where God has called you.  See what gaps exist, and then fill your gaps one by one.  Pray to God that He strengthen and supply you as you go forward.  He can provide you with what you lack.  See it and go for it, and then practice it daily as long as you live.

We cannot have too much trust in so good and faithful a Friend who will never fail us in this world nor in the next. – Brother Lawrence

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