Thomas Merton: I Have No Idea Where I Am Going

 

This prayer, from Thomas Merton, is a source of strength to me when wrestling with my ever-present questions about God’s will.

May it encourage you today, and may it become the prayer of a Church in endless formation.

“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 my 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 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.”

Thanks to Jesse Schroeder for the reminder.