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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Disturb us Oh Lord!

English: Needle Rock There is a climber just b...Image via Wikipedia
At church today we recited this prayer together.   I was reminded again of how God through poetry, can inspire men and women to move out of their comfort zone,  and pray for adventures or storms,  that are often out of their realm.  I think these words, written by Sir Francis Drake, (world famous explorer) are not only poetically beautiful,  but full of grace and encouragement.  They remind me of my dear brother- in- law who went to be with the Lord a year ago.  He was an amazing rock climber who lived life to the fullest, with adventure in his heart.

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.

Do you pray for comfort or for storms?  


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  1. I love the poem. How true that we dream too little, happy to be settled with safety. Reminds me of what Mr. Beaver said about Aslan - "Safe?... 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good."

  2. Yes the power of prayer:) It's no wonder; when our youngsters pay for safety then we get lulled into praying for the same thing. Praying for surrender is always harder.


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