Ever Ancient, Ever New
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made
I rushed headlong – I, misshapen.
You were with me, but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being,
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance, I gasped; and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace
St. Augustine of Hippo
“Late have I loved you.”
The above verses, clearly speaks of a passionate love – the kind of love you long for, the kind of love that leaves you, forever changed.
I don’t know if many people upon reading this poem without context, in our secular world would necessarily conclude that the passionate love St Augustine speaks of; is that of his love for God!
Perhaps, as you read this it may also not speak to your ideas of God or indeed your own experience of faith.
“you flared, blazed, banished my bindless”
Through the power of the Holy Spirit it is possible for us all to be ‘set on fire’ with love for God! We can also allow God’s love to enter our own heart and transform us from within.
So many people in the world have not come to know Jesus and so many people through perhaps their experiences or lack of opportunity have been left lukewarm about their faith.
So how do we ‘set a fire’? How do we ignite or renew our own faith? How do we deepen our own relationship with God?
If that sounds like an impossible task to you or you are unsure of where to start, I can tell you that the good news is you don’t have to do it alone.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness
You may be seeking God or seeking a deeper relationship with him or you may not be seeking him at all. Regardless of where you are with your own faith journey, you can be assured that God is seeking you!
God’s love is already certain, it is already waiting for you; and through the Holy Spirit we can be set on fire with that love!
As we approach the great feast of Pentecost we can turn to the Lord and ask him for help to come to know him better! We can ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit! We can ask to be set on fire with this love.
We can reach out to the Lord in prayer, open our hearts to him and pray…..
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.