Conversation with John Woolman, second day

John

Please tell me about vanity and foolish jesting, so I might recognize them in my own life.   I do some jesting and feel called to a life work of celebration, yet I’m not sure these are in vain.  What makes them foolish?  Is it the content–or my intent?

Illness seems to create points in your life where openings from the Lord can occur.   Have you any spiritual practices during illness that engender this?  When I’m sick, sometimes I drop my morning prayer time.  I have a sense that’s a mistake.  Your stories tell me that’s a period when my life can open even more to God.

Thanks for writing the Journal, John.  In just the first few pages, it’s helping me.