Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Wakeup Call

Disturb us, Lord, when 
We are too well 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 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 us in the future 
In strength, courage, hope, and love. 

- Poem written by Sir Francis Drake

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