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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

Prayer of Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake's GOLDEN HIND
On the afternoon of the day the English fleet sailed forth to meet the Invincible Spanish Armada, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Francis Drake offered this prayer up to God for his men and himself. Note the tenor and charity of it:

ost merciful and loving Father, we beseech thee most humbly, even with all our hearts, to pour out upon our enemies with a bountiful hand whatsoever things thou knowest may do them good; and chiefly a sound and uncorrupt mind, wherethrough they may know thee and seek thee in true charity, with their whole hearts, and love us thy children, for thy sake.  Let not their hating of us turn to their harm, neither let us in any wise hurt them.  Seeing that we cannot do them good for want of ability, Lord, we desire their amendment, and not their punishment.   Separate them not from us by punishing them, but join and knit them to us by thy favourable dealing with them.  And seeing we be all ordained to be citizens of the one everlasting city, let us begin to enter in that way here already by mutual love, which may bring us right forth hither; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Miraculously, the out-gunned and inferior British fleet was victorious over a naval force of unquestioned superiority. The forces of nature (and of nature's God) combined to deal a decisive defeat to the would-be invaders of England. Perhaps the only difference in the outcome was due to the prayer of Sir Francis Drake. What think ye?