A prayer of Francis Drake

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 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.


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