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the horizons of our hopes

“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. AMEN”

“Drake’s Prayer” – origin unknown

(The origins of this famous prayer are a matter of controversy. What we do know is that it was not written by, or for, Sir Francis Drake. Drake’s most celebrated genuine quote came from a letter he wrote in May 1587 to Queen Elizabeth’s Secretary of State:

“There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.”)