What do Sir Francis Drake and mediocrity have in common?

by Anna Blanch on March 7, 2010

 
Not much it seems! I’ve shared a few prayers before. Like the one by Samuel Johnson and the one i like to pray when i sit down to work by Aquinas. This one fits my mood at the moment – it’s about pushing boundaries and looking beyond mediocrity. That last word – mediocrity – is a dirty word. I don’t like it.

Prayer for Spiritual Revival
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, 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.

Sir Francis Drake, the explorer, wrote this prayer. I found it by reading a post by Bradley Moore. It’s a good post – you should read it too.

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  • tanyasue

    Sir Francis Drake is actually my 73rd cousin on my mother's side. I'm so excited to read this! The only thing I knew about him before this was that he was my ancestor and that he carried spoiled cabbages on his ship from England to Greenland. 🙂 This is a much nicer legacy. THANKS!

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