Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Disturb us, oh Lord

Francis Drake was England’s most famous sailor and explorer, he sailed around the world in ‘The Golden Hind’ in 1580 and led the outnumbered British Navy to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.

This prayer was found in his ship’s diary, written on the eve of one of his great adventures.

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
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 wilder seas
Where storm 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 us in the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.



Carla said...

Hi Kelli,
Thanks so much for the encouraging comment on my blog. What you posted tonight was so awesome. I love it. It spoke volumes to me tonight since I am feeling so scared of surgery and no surgery, etc..

I read a little about you, if you dont mind me asking, what condition do you have? I dont know if you saw from my blog, but I have chronic pain among other things too. It's awful when it keeps you from doing the things you love to do.

My favorite verse during those times is "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

Looking forward to getting to know you.... : )

Sue said...

Hi Kelli,
Great post, awesome poem. Lots of food for thought.

I hope you are hanging in there. I really feel for you, and wished we lived closer. I'd LOVE for you to teach me how to paint.

If you get a chance, and feel up to it, I tagged you on a silly little "list" of things on my blog. Stop by if you get a chance.

Take care!