Late have I loved You.

I went to church at Redeemer yesterday evening.  The message was about God’s peace as explained by the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:4-12 and towards the closing of the message, Rev. David Bisgrove quoted Augustine.  There’s a song I love by the band Gungor that is based upon this quote, which I didn’t realize until last night.  I’m going to let it speak for itself (though I will note this was originally written with “Thees” and “Thous” :) I chose to post the version that’s a bit easier to follow) and let me just say that it’s ridiculously beautiful…

Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved You! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for You. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which You created. You were with me, but I was not with You. Created things kept me from You; yet if they had not been in You they would have not been at all. You called, You shouted, and You broke through my deafness. You flashed, You shone, and You dispelled my blindness. You breathed Your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for You. I have tasted You, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for Your peace.

How indescribably thankful I am for a God who called, shouted and broke through my deafness.

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