St. Augustine

  • Sept. 30, 2015
  • #8718

A prayer written by St. Augustine gives courage and hope in times of suffering, as God tunes our hearts to “brave music.”

St. Augustine

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I'm asking God to tune my heart to brave music today, and this is the song He gave:

You who made the mountains and the sea
You measured out the universe and you make me.
Echoes of the voice that call the worlds to be
Reach throughout the ages and now speak to me.
You’re my Creator King.
Who am I that you are mindful of me
And who am I that you should set your love on me.
Oh, Jesus, you’re my Creator King.*

Now there’s a song to infuse courage in my heart; to make me brave. When it comes to Christians who have most influenced my life, I resonate with those who can sing in the midst of their suffering, because sometimes I can feel pretty deflated in this wheelchair.  And when I do, I turn to the Bible, as well as the writings of Christian saints of days gone by; people who really experienced suffering but who could also hold onto a song; who could lift brave music to the skies! People like St. Augustine. Get this, he was born in the 3rd Century and after his conversion to Christ in the Year 387, Augustine dove deep into the study of God's Word. It was St. Augustine, in fact, who believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, and he’s the one credited with framing the concept of original sin. Eventually, he became a bishop of the church in present-day Algeria, North Africa. And as you can probably guess, his writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity.

Anyway, this man’s life was not easy, good grief, living back in the third century in North Africa? It had to be hard! But what St. Augustine wrote about suffering is so poignant. His thoughts (when you read them) sound so contemporary, like something out of a Max Lucado book. And I tell you, St. Augustine has some deep, but very sweet things to say about trusting the Lord in the midst of hardship. And when I'm feeling weary, when I feel overwhelmed or struggling with pain, or looking for courage, I often borrow this prayer St. Augustine wrote way back when. 

He prayed, "God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the skies are gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our souls have lost courage. Oh, on such days, flood the path with light, we beseech Thee; and turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music. To Thy honor and glory. Amen." Love that idea ‘brave music’.

So, I want you to visit my radio page today at joniandfriends.org to get your free gift, a music CD I have recorded with some of my favorites and I’m calling it “Brave Music.” Because if you feel weighed down, if your life seems to have no music and your soul has lost courage, take the advice of St. Augustine and sing brave music. It’ll quicken your heart as well as encourage others on the journey alongside you on the road of life.

Photo:Communio.stblogs.com

*Creator King, Words and Music by Don Moen © (P) 2004 Integrity Media Inc.

© Joni and Friends

 

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