Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Prayer by Thomas Merton

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thoughts in Solitude (1956, 1958)

2 comments:

William Sinclair said...

Thanks for posting this prayer. It's exactly what I needed.

As a Catholic Lay Evangelist, I am continually discerning God's direction for life.

William Sinclair
http://www.williamsinclair.ca/

Bryan Owen said...

And thanks for your comment, William. Merton's prayer is powerful. And I've discovered that it speaks to people in many different situations.

God bless you in your ministry.