a Biblical thought...
I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. (1 Kings 3:12)
a Book thought...
Service is a practical ministry. It is not only reaching into the body of believers with the heart of a servant, it is also a reaching out into a desperate and dying world with love in action. (p56)
a Dave thought...
Last night at Box Hill Major Greg Morgan challenged us to go deeper with God and as part of this asked us each to pray this well known prayer written by Sir Francis Drake in 1577.
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.
Sadly Francis Drake along with his uncle John Hawkins made their fortunes trafficking thousands of African captives into slavery in Spanish plantations. As this prayer was written by Francis Drake the human trafficker I still find it disturbing but now for other reasons.
Just a thought.
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