Thomas Merton’s Prayer in Uncertainty

I’ve loved this prayer of Thomas Merton’s since I visited Abbey of Gethsemani as a teenager:

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.

6 thoughts on “Thomas Merton’s Prayer in Uncertainty

  1. Reblogged this on From guestwriters and commented:
    Lots of people may have lost the track of the path and do not know to temper their fear for what might be coming in this coroanacrisis.
    We only cna hope more people shall find some more time to meditate and to pray to the One Who governs everything.

    1. It’s amazing! At the time, it was just a few-hour drive for me, but I think I’d drive a full day to get there again if I could. Still a formative time for me, and it’s been 24 years now!

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