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 the 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.



– attributed to Sir Francis Drake, 1577

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11 Responses to

  1. Z_Beth says:

    So good! I needed that! Thanks!!

  2. thejbub says:

    Wooow! Thanks Mandy! That was needed!!!

  3. Hutch5 says:

    good words. thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Hmmm…sailing too close to the shore.  Lots to ponder :).

  5. Thank you so much for your comments on my site!!! I can’t tell you how they encouraged me today! This weekend(well starting Wednesday night) was really rough! Not so rough now… But the reality of a few things are starting to really set in and hit hard. And the above is very good! I’m being told to go to bed… Which is a good idea. Sorry this was so vague. I’ll send you an email with more details. It’s something you will understand. Love ya lots! Praying for ya!

  6. We were actually on the top of a building! Very tall building up on a big hill. It was awesome!

  7. That’s very thought provoking. I need to read that often.

  8. Sir Francis Drake….something about that name that I like

  9. zakfox1986 says:

    Time for an update.

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