Monday, December 21, 2015

Disturb us

Tempest, by Ivan Aivazovsky. Source: Joseph Donaghy ~ Art

Every so often, I read something that makes me go, "ouch!"
Such is this poem/prayer attributed to Sir Frances Drake, a British sea captain who lived in the 1500s. He was a guy with a checkered history -- which in and of itself is rather disturbing. I wonder how he reconciled the tension between his desire reflected in the poem and how he lived. It begs the question: what change took place in his life that compelled this piece?

When disturbing people write disturbing things, it's worth a second look:

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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