Pause for Prayer: THURSDAY 6/8

Pause for Prayer: THURSDAY 6/8

Disturb us, Lord,
    when we’re too well pleased with ourselves;
    when our dreams have come true
        because we’ve dreamed too little;
    when we arrive safely
        because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord,
    when, in the abundance of things we possess,
        we lose our thirst for the waters of life;
    when, having fallen in love with life,
        we cease to dream of eternity;
    and in our efforts to build a new earth,
        we allow our vision of heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord,

    to dare more boldly, 
    to venture out on wider seas,

        where storms will show your mastery;

    where, losing sight of land,
        – at last, we’ll find the stars.
Push back our hope’s horizons, Lord
    and lead us the future:
our faith and strength in you,
    with courage, hope, and love.

– attributed to Sir Francis Drake