Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Disturb Us, Lord

I've posted this before, but today I need it before my own eyes and heart and so I'll share it here again too.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

by Sir Francis Drake, late 1500s

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Jill, for sharing this. I have not seen it before. What an amazing prayer from someone I didn't ever know was a believer, and so cool that it is from 500 years ago! But still so incredibly relevant for us.