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.

Now Underway: The 2018-19 Renovaré Book Club

How do we read for transformation, not just information? First, choose books that stir the soul and have an enduring quality. Then read with God and others at an unhurried pace, attentive to what the Holy Spirit wants to teach. The Renovaré Book Club is designed for transformative reading. It runs October 2018—May 2019.

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

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