Thursday, February 26, 2009

Prayer of Sir Francis Drake--Lord, push us on, awake us from our slumber.

 Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

 
Disturb us, O Lord,
  when we are too well pleased with ourselves;
  when our dreams have become true because we have dreamed too little,
  when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
 
Disturb us, O 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, O Lord
  to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas,
           where storms will show Your mastery;
  where losing sight of land, we shall find stars.
 
We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes,
            and to push us into the future with strength, courage, hope and love.