A Prayer to Continually Seek God

Celtic Knot1 O Lord my God,
I believe in you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…
Insofar as I can,
Insofar as you have given me the power,
I have sought you.
I became weary and I laboured.
O Lord my God,
My sole hope,
help me to believe
And never to cease seeking you.
Grant that I may always and ardently
Seek out your countenance.
Give me the strength to seek you,
For you help me to find you
And you have more and more given me
the hope of finding you.
Here I am before you
With my firmness and my infirmity.
Preserve the first and heal the second..
Here I am before you
With my strength and my ignorance.
Where you have opened the door to me,
Welcome me at the entrance;
Where you have closed the door to me,
Open to my cry;
Enable me to remember you,
To understand you,
And to love you.

– St. Augustine of Hippo

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One response

  1. Thank you, Matthew. You’ve blessed my Sabbath. I agree so thoroughly with what you’ve said re worship. I frequently ask myself if a certain aesthetic and/or intellectual snobbishness informs my POV, so I like the “your mileage may differ” corrective. I nominate Father’s Day (& sometimes Mother’s Day) as outgrowths of wrath. Does that connect at all with you? David Wilcox sings of the mediatory scrapnel he carries from his parents’ covert war.

    under the Mercy, LeAnn

    August 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm

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