A Flak Jacket Prayer

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord.

-Sir Francis Drake

A dangerous prayer.

Pray it often.

Put on a flak jacket if it’ll make you feel more ready for whatever is to come, and pray it sincerely…

Lord, disturb us.

Offend our sensibilities when our sensibilities leave no room for your Spirit to move.

Burn away our bravado when we stoically stay the course we’re not even meant to be traveling.

File off the dull edges of our fear, until our fear of You has sharply sliced through life to wisdom.

Lord… disturb us.

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