Thoughts for the New Year 2014
I am just emerging from the blur of December activities, Christmas Services and New Year late nights – it is a busy time of year for Vicars!
So far, 2014 has mostly been about death – 3 here in the first days of 2014. That certainly concentrates the mind on living well. Having spent some time to see the families and sort out the funerals , I am now trying to take some time off to rest and to think about the year ahead.
I have never been good at New Year’s Resolutions, so I have decided to go back again to some favourite prayers and pieces of writing to set the tone for the year.
This prayer is attributed to Sir Francis Drake, and it is one that encourages me whenever I read it. It is a good one to take into an unknown year ahead.
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.