Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Disturb us Lord

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.

My Mother in Law passed this poem along to me by Sir Francis Drake. It is such a great reminder of how I tend to be be too easily satisfied, filing my hunger with the things of this world. For me, this temptation seems even greater in America. Today marks the forty days leading up to Easter. While I haven't been part of a church that observes lent in many years, God is stirring my heart to dedicate this time to him. My prayer is for God to 'push back the horizons of our hopes' to more fully understand the power of the Resurrection.

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