Sunday, December 4, 2011

Disturb Us

Disturb us, O Lord,

when we are too well pleased with ourselves

when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little

when we have arrived in safety because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, O Lord,

when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the Water of Life

when having fallen in love with time, we cease to dream of eternity; and in our efforts to build a new earth, have allowed our vision for the New Heaven to grow dim

Stir us, O Lord,

to dare more boldly,

to venture on wider seas, where storms shall show Thy mastery,when losing sight of land we shall find the stars.

In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes and invited the brave to follow him.


A Prayer of Sir Francis Drake, 1577.

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