Lest we settle too soon

kayak on bay

Reading JB Wood’s At Work as it is in Heaven brought me to Sir Francis Drake’s prayer for spiritual revival, and I’m grateful for the link:

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.

Lots to ponder here, particularly on a Monday when all seems right with the world. At such times, I realize how easy it is to settle in and maintain; I tell myself that an advantage of adding years to one’s life is that the sense of urgency so endemic to youth can cool out. But Drake’s prayer reminds me of broad horizons, and that I don’t want to settle too soon.

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