When Gwen and I were on the Dingle Peninsula last summer, we did not expect a new grandson to end up with the name Brendan! It is a good name. On May 16, when we remember St. Brendan the Navigator (484-577) I would love to help launch the next generation of daring souls looking for the fullness of their life in Christ. Maybe our own family’s Brendan will be among them.
Each generation has a boatload of people who will set off into the “deep,” looking for God in all the places the Lord can be found. I don’t think it is such a coincidence that Jesus looked for fishermen to be his first disciples. The Lord found another good disciples when he met Brendan near Tralee in Ireland. St. Brendan’s voyage was an inspiration for hundreds of years for seafaring and church planting daredevils. When Brendan got back from his journey of discovering himself in Jesus (and discovering America!) he founded several communities that added to the missionary fervor of the Celtic Church.
I want to be like him, so I ended up on pilgrimage to the place where his daring journey began…
…and where it ended.
In the devotional book, Celtic Daily Prayer I have been using, there is a nice prayer in honor of Brendan. The Northumbria Community suggests we use it on this day. I offer it to you.
Lord, I will trust You,
help me to journey beyond the familiar
and into the unknown.
Give me faith to leave the 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 me?
I will show others the care You’ve given me.
I will 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
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 the story is written.
Focus my mind and my heart upon You,
my attention always on You without alteration.
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.
make my obedience count for You.