Sunday, April 25, 2010

Disturb us, Lord

This prayer by Sir Francis Drake was in the bulletin at church today. It is a stirring reminder of the adventure that a life following God's will can be and a challenge for me when I become all too easily satisfied with comforts and lesser things than what God has called me to. May it stir your heart today to long for something more.

"Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when with all 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 wider 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 into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love." (Sir Frances Drake)

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