A Prayer from Thomas Merton

Primary-merton I picked up a copy of this prayer while at Gethsemani Abbey in August. It's one I keep in my Bible and has been leading me lately. It's also one that I think is perfect as we begin this series on the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus' call to the way of discipleship: 

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 roadthough 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. 

Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

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