Kevin G Cook

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Late Have I Loved You

November 13, 2014  |  reading

During Holiness Week this past year, I took the opportunity to use one of my favorite poems in all of Christian literature, an excerpt from St. Augustine’s Confessions commonly titled “Late Have I Loved You”.  Knowing Augustine’s past before encountering God, this poem is a powerful cry of Augustine’s heart expressing how his encounter with God changed everything and left him longing for more:

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 Your 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.


For a contemporary musical adaptation, check out Gungor’s “Late Have I Loved You”


About the Author

Kevin Cook is a 4th year student at Asbury Theological Seminary and an Aspirant for Ordination in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). After graduating, Kevin hopes to plant a contemporary three-streams Anglican Church. He and his wife Nicole attend Wilmore Anglican Church in Kentucky.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. Kevin enjoys playing music and leading worship, reading fiction and spiritual classics, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

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