The Way Ahead ☼ Thomas Merton Prayer {Poem Print} Poem Print New Dawn Studios

THE WAY AHEAD ☼ Thomas Merton Prayer {Poem Print}

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  • Art print with with 1/2" white border 
  • Printed with archival inks on sustainably sourced paper
  • Frame: .88" width and depth, natural frame frame detail

Prayer © Thomas Merton, from Thoughts In Solitude
Photo and design by New Dawn Studios

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A Soul Story from Dawn


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. 

© Thomas Merton
Quote from book Thoughts In Solitude
The photograph of the empty bench was taken on a walk I took during my stay at a peaceful retreat center not far from where Merton, the most famous American monk, lived and walked at Gethsemani Abbey. Each time I would make the long loop, realizing I indeed had no idea where I was going in my life at the time, I would recite Merton's prayer. It brought me great comfort then and continues to do so. This poem print makes a perfect gift for the open-hearted or spiritually-minded person or anyone facing challenges in their lives. 

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.