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Are You Disturbed?

Sir Francis Drake, (1540-1596) an English sea captain during the Elizabethan era,  was the second sailor to sail around the world, claiming the western coast of the Americans, including California, for the English.

Although considered a hero by the English, the Spanish labeled him El Draque or Dragon. King Philip II allegedly offered a substantial reward (US $8 million) for his capture or death.

Although many would attribute the following prayer to him, resources aren’t conclusive, and some would argue the language doesn’t support the Elizabethan era; nevertheless, the prayer speaks of our need to move beyond what is comfortable to allow God to change us.

 

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.

 

http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/prayerplainandsimple/2014/08/the-prayer-of-sir-francis-drake.html#MBcHbcPRphdXJdby.99
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Drake
https://drakesprayer.com/about-drake/
http://discerninghistory.com/2014/11/francis-drakes-prayer-fact-or-fiction/

 


What does it take for you to be disturbed?

This is a powerful poem, I will be thinking about what it means in my life for a long time. Thanks for sharing.

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