Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Drake's prayer

which (as Hugger Steward pointed out) can helpfully be prayed by those of us in times of transition

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.

3 comments:

RevDrKate said...

We all do need disturbing now and then don't we! I tagged yo for a meme if you feel like a play break, info at my blog.

Songbird said...

Amen, Amen!

Crimson Rambler said...

I thought "one good prayer deserves another" -- I found this one on jan's blog -- yearningforgod.blogspot.com

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
Turn their pain into joy
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Amen amen amen.