Thomas Merton - Thoughts in Solitude

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

I cannot 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 that 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 with me,
and you will never leave me
to face my perils alone.



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With thanks to Phil Fitzpatrick
for recommending this prayer

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