Disturb Us, O Lord

This beautiful prayer appeared in the Morning Prayer on DailyOffice.org this morning. It seems particularly relevant to us here at Epiphany as we contemplate our future. Dare we dream of great love?

Disturb Us, O Lord
By Archbishop Desmond Tutu, adapted from a prayer by Sir Francis Drake

Disturb us, O Lord

when we are too well-pleased with ourselves
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,
because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, O Lord

when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the water of life
when, having fallen in love with time,
we have ceased to dream of eternity
and in our efforts to build a new earth,
we have allowed our vision of Heaven to grow dim.

Stir us, O Lord

to dare more boldly, to venture into wider seas
where storms show Thy mastery,
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes
and invited the brave to follow. Amen.

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