Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

Disturb us, Lord,when we are to well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true because we dreamed to 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 vision 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 Francis Drake (1540-1596)


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