A Prayer from Augustine’s Confessions

“O Lord our God, under the covering of your wings (Exod 19:4) we set our hope. Protect us and bear us up. It is you who will carry us; you will bear us up from our infancy until old age (Isa 46:4). When you are our firm support, then it is firm indeed. But when our support rests on our own strength, it is infirmity. Our good is life with you for ever, and because we turned away from that, we became twisted. Let us now return to you that we may not be overturned. Our good is life with you and suffers no deficiency (Ps 101:28); for you yourself are that good. We have no fear that there is no home to which we may return because we fell from it. During our absence our house suffers no ruin; it is your eternity.” ~ St Augustine, Confessions, 4.16.31 (or p. 71 in the Oxford Classics ed.)


About Jordan P. Barrett

PhD, Systematic Theology, Wheaton College
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