Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Inspiration from Augustine

    This morning I came across a well-known prayer of Augustine, in the book Flame in the Mind by Michael Marshall (p. 18), which I find particularly interesting, and well worth sharing.

    "O God, you are the light of the minds that know you,
     The joy of the hearts that love you,
     And the strength of the wills that serve you.
     Grant us so to know you that we may truly love you;
     And so to love you that we may fully and freely serve you,
     Whose service is perfect freedom,
     In and through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

    This prayer reflects something which I have frequently taught in churches and youth groups. In order to truly love and truly serve God, one must first know God as much as he can be known by finite human minds.