Editor's note:

Do you ever look for old pho­tographs or post­cards in antique or thrift shops? It’s so fun to while away a rainy after­noon just look­ing into strangers faces or read­ing their words of greet­ings to friends and try­ing to guess at the sto­ries behind them.

This short let­ter of encour­age­ment from Fénelon comes down to us in much the same way. It is unknown to whom this let­ter was writ­ten, but it is clear that he or she has suf­fered some dis­il­lu­sion­ment or dis­ap­point­ment, and Fénelon reach­es out with a ten­der heart. In puz­zling out the sto­ry behind it, though, let’s not pass over his rich words of solace, com­fort, and peace.

What trea­sure might these words hold for us?

—Renovaré Team

Excerpt from The Seeking Heart

I know that God will keep you. Although you do not enjoy spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­pline, be faith­ful to seek­ing God as much as your health will per­mit. I real­ize that eat­ing, both phys­i­cal­ly and spir­i­tu­al­ly, does not appeal to you now. Still, you must eat to survive.

It would be good for you if you could have a few min­utes of fel­low­ship with those mem­bers of your fam­i­ly that you can con­fide in. As to whom you should talk with — be guid­ed by your inner sense of what is right at each moment. God does not lead you with extreme emo­tion, and for this I am glad. Remain faith­ful to the still, small voice.

Strong emo­tions and deep feel­ings, or seek­ing after signs can be more dan­ger­ous than help­ful. Your imag­i­na­tion is sure to run away with you. God will lead you, almost with­out your know­ing it, if you will be faith­ful to come before Him qui­et­ly. Eat of Him and His word. Love Him and I will tell you to do no more. For if you love Him, every­thing else will work out. I am not ask­ing you for a ten­der and emo­tion­al love, but sim­ply that you lean toward love. Put God before your­self and the world and even your evil desires will begin to be transformed.

Qui­et Lead­ing” from The Seek­ing Heart, (Jack­sonville, FL: Seed­sow­ers, 1992).

Pho­to via By Aus­tralian Nation­al Mar­itime Muse­um on The Com­mons — https://​www​.flickr​.com/​p​h​o​t​o​s​/​a​n​m​m​_​t​h​e​c​o​m​m​o​n​s​/​7793066058/, No restric­tions, https://​com​mons​.wiki​me​dia​.org/…

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