Editor's note:

The king­dom of God is won­der­ful place to dis­cov­er. Today, I want to share a mem­o­rable poem by the great nav­i­ga­tor, sea­man, and explor­er Sir Fran­cis Drake to express our deep­est long­ings for the new coun­try. Let these words roll around your mind for a while and you are like­ly to find them ener­giz­ing and inspir­ing, and even intoxicating. 

—James Catford

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.

Attrib­uted — Sir Fran­cis Drake — 1577

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