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When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion,The psalms have been a steady reminder lately that dreaming is not what we put aside when we become more theologically astute, but what we embrace to keep the vision of God's kingdom alive inside of us. My pastor and friend, Jamie, recently shared this prayer by Sir Francis Drake:
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
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 arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore.As Jamie said, "we just don't pray that way anymore." I can't get past the words, "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, 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.
I hope we learn to dream again.