Tuesday, August 05, 2008

disturb me

Prayer of Sir Frances Drake (written in 1577)

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.

This prayer was part of one of our devotions on the mission trip last week. It has stuck with me and I want to memorize it. I feel like I'm definitely being disturbed lately by all the busy-ness and things that I have going on, but I still need the reminder. And I need the reminder right now to trust in my Captain.

That's all.

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