A Prayer of Thomas Merton

God, we have no idea where we are going. We do not
see the road ahead of us. We cannot know for certain
where it will end. Nor do we really know ourselves,
and the fact that we think we are following your will
does not mean that we are actually doing so.
But we believe that the desire to please you does in fact
please you. And we hope we have that desire in all
that we are doing. We hope that we will never do
anything apart from that desire. And we know that if
we do this you will lead us by the right road, though
we may know nothing about it. Therefore, we will
trust you always though we may seem to be lost and
in the shadow of death. We will not fear, for you are
ever with us, and you will never leave us to face our
perils alone.


Thoughts in Solitude, p. 83, adapted


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