Disturb Us, O Lord
By Kelly Mowrer
A prayer of Sir Francis Drake, English Explorer
Disturb us, O Lord, when we are too well-pleased with ourselves;
When our dreams have come true
because we have dreamed too little;
When we have arrived in safety because
we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, O Lord, when with the abundance of things possessed, we lose our thirst for the Water of Life;
When, having fallen in love with time, we have ceased to dream of Eternity;
And our efforts to build a new earth have allowed Your vision for a new heaven to grow dim.
Stir us, O Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms shall show Thy Mastery.
Where, losing sight of the land, we shall find the stars, in the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hope and invited the brave to follow Him.
Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 – 27 January 1596) became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the Earth and the first Arctic explorer. Queen Elizabeth awarded him knighthood on April 4, 1581 aboard his flagship, Golden Hind. He later served as a Member of Parliament
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