Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Prayer From History

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 the abundance of things we posses
We have lost our thirst for the water 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 into the future
In strength, courage, hope and love.
Sir Francis Drake, 1577

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