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February 21, 2023

Disturb Us, Lord

During this season of Lent may the Holy Spirit disturb our souls and draw us closer to God. Spend some time with this poem attributed to Sir Francis Drake, using it as a template for your own prayer. -RW

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.

— attributed to Sir Fran­cis Drake, 1577