Brendan - In Exploration of a Vision

St. Brendan, a Celtic Saint who lived 486-575, is often called "The Navigator" in recognition of his extensive travels by sea in search of the Isle of the Blessed, took him to many unknown lands, even some suggest, to North America.  As with many stories of long ago, the lines of actual event and mysticism are blurred by retelling, rewriting, and translation,   However, Brendan's travels, his life of holiness and trust in God, and his founding of more than 1,000 monasteries are a clear model of a life well-lived.  Beyond his patronage of navigators, boatmen, mariners, travelers, whales, portaging canoes, and I love his special care of elderly adventurers.  

This prayer attributed to St. Brendan is taken from the Northumbria Community's  Celtic Prayer Book's Brendan - In Exploration of a Vision, Part XVI.  

Lord, I will trust You, help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.  

Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You. 

Christ of the mysteries, can I trust You to be stronger than each storm in me? 

Do I still yearn for Your glory to lighten on me?  

I will show others the care You've given me. 

I determine amidst all uncertainty always to trust.

 I choose to live beyond regret, and let You recreate my life. 

I believe You will make a way for me and provide for me, if only I trust You and obey. 

I will trust in the darkness and know that my times are still in Your hand.  

I will believe You for my future, chapter by chapter, until all the story is written.  

Focus my mind and my heart upon You, my attention always on You without alternation. 

Strengthen me with Your blessing and appoint to me the task. 

Teach me to live with eternity in view.  

Tune my spirit to the music of heaven.  

Feed me, and somehow, make my obedience count for you.