Your blogs, as 2007 ends, seem to take a blazing form…I’m caught up with your passion… Sometimes your words seem to best describe my innermost feelings. This one is AWESOME… I’ll be printing Sir Frances’ prayer in BOLD LETTERS FOR my home. Thanx again!!
A good mission trip should disturb you
From World Racer Sean Smith:
Have you ever heard a musician sing/play a song in the way you feel?
Sir Frances Drake wrote this prayer in 1577. I take such delight in it because he found the words to pray over 400 years ago; words that I’ve been searching for today!
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.
This is my truth, I am blessed beyond measure! As I continue on my path with Jesus I find myself to be more thankful then I’ve ever been. How is it that I’ve found myself among the people I’m around; the teachers, the friends, the people of so many countries? How is it that I did not see even when I thought that I saw! It
hasn’t stopped! The true truth is being revealed more and more
everyday; the root of the root, the bud of the bud, the seed of the
I take such delight in this season of learning. I
feel like I’m building something, something in me, like a masterpiece.
God helped me to tear down the walls of religion, boundaries, the way
it ought to be, or the way it used to be! These walls will never come back up!
A new foundation has been laid. I must remain disciplined and dedicated to build something of this magnitude. The building blocks are wisdom, truth, intimacy, faith and love. To build whatever this is that I’m building I need to remain humble and teachable. I’ve never been so hungry. I feel like I can’t get enough. I
want to suck the marrow of wisdom out of everyone and every experience
and above all from my God who gives to all with out limits to those who
believe in his name- He is my true guide- and the One who has imparted
the root of the spirit to me.
Praise you father that there is no limit to your glory in our lives, I know that now.
You can visit Sean’s blog here.
Thanks, Uche. On this I owe spiritual father, Andrew Shearman, and spiritual son, Sean Smith.
What a pleasure it has been getting to know you by email in 2007! I hope one day we get to meet.
great poem. this deserves deeper meditation. you should do a blog on some of your new favorite reads and where to get them. you’ve suggested a lot of great books to me this year.
Right on! There’s something wrong when we’re comfortable while carring the thorns of the Gospel.