A prayer by Thomas Merton


This time of year there are many who are graduating and stepping off in to new adventures.  I keep coming back to this prayer, by Merton:

My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot knonw 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 through I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I 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.


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