One of Thomas Merton’s prayers

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.

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 along.
Amen.
(Thomas Merton, Trappist monk)

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