I first heard this prayer at my son’s university graduation ceremony. It was read by Winnipeg’s former mayor Bill Norrie who was the commencement speaker. It is a 1577 work attributed to Sir Francis Drake. It seems a fitting challenge as we begin 2016.
When we are too well 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, to dare more boldly.
Venturing on winter seas
Where storms will show your mastery.
Where losing sight of land
We shall find the stars.