Truly, Sir Francis Drake was an English adventurer par excellence. Among his many exploits, he was the first English explorer to circumnavigate the globe from 1577 to 1580. And, although Drake was a man with flaws, he consistently made good choices when faced with tough decisions ... many of which were life or death. Even his prayers were amazing and inspirational. Here's one of his classics: 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.
Just reading this prayer gives you a small but extremely potent dose of who this man was and the profound faith he had. And, believe it or not, his impact on American history is equally large.
One biographer even said, "Without Sir Francis Drake, the United States as we know it today simply would not exist. You see, the Pope at that time had given North and South American exclusively to Portugal and Spain. Drake, through his daring exploits effectively cut North America off from Spain. He literally, almost singlehandedly, destroyed the Spanish Armada which was the most powerful naval force in the world at that time. This secured the early English settlement of America."
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