A prayer by Thomas Merton

Just read this on the back of a bookmark that I was given sometime back. It eloquently expresses something that I was trying to say during a discussion on Sat. at the Living Joyfully vocations event in Liverpool as regards to calling, discernment and trust in God:

"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 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 alone."



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