Setting Sail

So – I was wondering how today would feel.  The answer? Deliciously strange.  Last night I couldn’t, for a moment, remember which cupboard the glasses were in!  This morning I still thought I was on the boat when I woke up.  Three very freidnly cats persuaded me otherwise!

We started the mammoth job of unpacking from a three month journey and as part of that headed up to Church to grab a couple of things before tomorrow.

This was the sight that greeted me!

Our Wildflower Labyrinth has gone from potential to explosion.  And all without me having done a thing (but huge thanks to Mick and David and Peter who did!)

So,  My blog title has changed, but I think I might change it back – for I have not reached harbour.  I am, as I said before, just setting out.

And my picture today is just that…

Cubie, Alex, 1911-1995; Fishing Boat 'BA22' Leaving Girvan Harbour

Cubie, Alex; Fishing Boat ‘BA22’ Leaving Girvan Harbour; South Ayrshire Council;

A fishing boat setting out, jsut as I am setting out again with the great Fisher of People.  Nets mended, tank filled, and now off on the journey.  Still, A Vicar Afloat!

And my prayer? Often attributed to Sir Francis Drake but almost certainly not his work.  Still.  It is a great prayer….

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too 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, 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 wilder 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 back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

Amen

And remember,  on a Narrowboat, when you sail too close to the shore, you often run aground!

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