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.

Sir Francis Drake

  • As you read this poem, what word or phrases most either expand or unnerve you?
  • What emotions do they "disturb" or elicit in you?

Read the poem again aloud

  • Ask the Lord... "How does this connect to my current life, relationships and circumstances?

Listen to what wells up in your soul. Consider journaling what you sense.

  • Ask the Lord... "What are you inviting me toward?"

As you enter into this week, each morning ask God for the grace to let Him "disturb" you away from the shore and toward the stars.