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lenten journey – twelve
March 19, 2012, 6:56 pm
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A prayer of Thomas Merton:

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 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.


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Yes, it’s wonderful this prayer, with its honesty, and its initial doubt and hesitancy — and its final, though still tentative, jump into hope and belief. You can see Merton trying to work it out in front of your eyes as you read, in the very formulation of the prayer-poem — as though working it out in this way was part of the solution (if solution is the right word, which indeed it isn’t, and smacks of too much logic and mathematics!)

I posted this prayer myself on my own blog a few years ago.

Comment by The Solitary Walker

yes Robert, it’s very wise isn’t it?


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