I Did Not Persist in Enjoyment

I was astonished that although I now love you…I did not persist in enjoyment of my God.  Your beauty drew me to you, but soon I was dragged away from you by my own weight and in dismay I plunged again into the things of this world…As though I had sensed the fragrance of the fare but was not yet able to eat it.

– Augustine, on the enjoyment of God

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 14

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