Friday, August 28, 2009

Augustine: Thou art God

Friday, August 28, 2009
    Feast of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher, 430

Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion;
    to you our vows will be fulfilled.
    —Psalm 65:1 (NIV)

    [Continued from yesterday]
    Thou lovest, without passion; art jealous, without anxiety; repentest, yet grievest not; art angry, yet serene; changest Thy works, Thy purpose unchanged; receivest again what Thou findest, yet didst never lose; never in need, yet rejoicing in gains; never covetous, yet exacting usury. Thou receivest over and above, that Thou mayest owe; and who hath aught that is not Thine? Thou payest debts, owing nothing; remittest debts, losing nothing. And what have I now said, my God, my life, my holy joy? or what saith any man when he speaks of Thee? Yet woe to him that speaketh not, since mute are even the most eloquent.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Confessions [397], Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1886, I.iv, p. 4 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we dare to pronounce Your Name.

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