New Year Prayer From Surprising Source

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In some reading for a course I am going to teach I came across a prayer attributed to the famous English sailor/ admiral/ adventurer / explorer / pirate, Sir Francis Drake. I thought I would share as it seems appropriate for the start of a New Year.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we 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 wilder 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 back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

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2 Responses to New Year Prayer From Surprising Source

  1. Caroline Reid says:

    James, I’m not sure if dare pray this, though I desperately want to be the kind of person who would! Thank you for posting this prayer, and I hope you don’t mind that I’ve passed it along – with proper attribution, of course!

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