A prayer

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 that 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 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.

– Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

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~ by tdcatss on August 1, 2012.

4 Responses to “A prayer”

  1. Thank you for sharing the Merton prayer, Kaif! Very comforting!

  2. I have this prayer written into a blank page at the back of my breviary. It’s beautiful and speaks the truth of the lives of most of us.

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