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March 23, 2010

A Prayer from Tamara Park

As you know, March here at Strangely Dim has mostly been focused on Lent. But in honor of Women's History Month, we've also been highlighting some of the Women of Likewise. Today's and tomorrow's posts combine the two and give us a quick peek into the days and thoughts of Tamara Park, author of Sacred Encounters from Rome to Jerusalem (a really wonderful book). Tomorrow you'll find out what Tamara's been up to since she wrote Sacred Encounters, why she'll be heading to South America, and what books and movies have inspired her lately. Today, though, we offer you a prayer, attributed to Sir Francis Drake in 1577, that Tamara's been ruminating on during Lent:

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.
Posted by Lisa Rieck at March 23, 2010 8:21 AM Bookmark and Share

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Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

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