August 19, 2022

Prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake, 1577

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have 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 wider 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 into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love. Amen.

 

 

Psalm 142

Icry to the Lord with my voice; *

to the Lord I make loud supplication.
I pour out my complaint before him *

and tell him all my trouble.
When my spirit languishes within me, you know my path; *

in the way wherein I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
I look to my right hand and find no one who knows me; *

I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for me.
I cry out to you, O Lord; *

I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
Listen to my cry for help, for I have been brought very low; *

save me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your Name; *

when you have dealt bountifully with me,
the righteous will gather around me.

Image: “Cross and former lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn” by Gordon Hatton is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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