I know, O Lord, and do with all humility acknowledge myself an object altogether unworthy of your love; but sure I am, you are an object altogether worthy of mine. I am not good enough for you, but you have a right to the best service I can pay. Do you then impart to me some of that excellence, and that shall supply my own want of worth. Help me to cease from sin according to your will, that I may be capable of doing you service according to my duty. Enable me to so guard and govern myself, so to begin and finish my course that, when the race of life is run, I may sleep in peace and rest in you. Be with me to the end, that my sleep be rest indeed, my rest be perfect security and that security a blessed eternity.
Augustine (354 – 430 AD) was Bishop of Hippo, a Latin philosopher and theologian from Roman Africa and generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity.