“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” St. Augustine (Confessions)
I have been a little overwhelmed as of late. Life has gotten real busy and stressful and I find that during these times its easy to give up things and compromise of things…like rest. Both physically and spiritually.
We need rest.
I have found peace lately and rest lately because of the St. Augustine quote above. The only pursuit that will lend my weary heart rest and peace is the pursuit of Jesus Christ. I have to constantly remind myself that.
I hope these two songs bring your heart some peace and rest as you listen.
I sought a way to gain the strength which I needed to enjoy you. But I did not find it until I embraced the mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who is above all, God blessed for ever. He was calling me and saying: I am the way of truth, I am the life. He was offering the food which I lacked the strength to take, the food he had mingled with our flesh. For the Word became flesh, that your wisdom, by which you created all things, might provide milk for us children.
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 not have 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. [excerpt from Confession by St. Augustine]