Referred to often as "The Merton Prayer," this beautiful prayer, like so many of Merton's writings, have filled me with great love through the years. I have turned to it again and againIt has inspired countless men and women walking in the way of their lives. The prayer reads:
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 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.
What is your essential story of life? What is alive in you? I hope this poem has sparked a reconnection and remembrance for you today. I believe there is beauty to be found right here, right now, all around you and right there within you.
I'll meet you on the way! ❤️ Dawn
P.S. Look for my 7-day sampler journey called The Way Ahead with Thomas Merton.