Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sir Francis Drake: A Sanctified Pirate

This is a 1577 prayer by Sir Francis Drake, a "legal" pirate and adventurer who received his knighthood after bringing home booty worth a half million pounds sterling to the Queen of England. It's beautiful, challenging, and has a darn good story behind it. Thanks to Molly Henderson for bringing it to my attention yesterday!

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.

1 comment:

Esther Brooksmith (wisdomcreates) said...

Wow, Rachel, that prayer speaks to me. Thank you for sharing.