Praying with Thomas Merton

06Oct06

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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 that 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, Trappist Monk (1915-1968)

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3 Responses to “Praying with Thomas Merton”

  1. 1 betsy

    one of my favorites too!

  2. Wow. This beautiful prayer led me to retrieve the following prayer out of my wallet. I’ve been carrying it around with me for about 4 years:

    God, I believe I love you, but I come to you so often in defeat. I admit I am a sinner. I seem to find myself loving my sin more than I love you, and yet I don’t even know what sin is sometimes. But God, I don’t possess the power to change. I seek you to do what I can’t do. I ask that, through your Holy Spirit, you will transfer my misplaced loves, which lead me so often to sin, back to you where they belong. Put a desire in my heart to love you more. You overcame sin once and for all at the cross. Although I listen to a thousand voices as I go my way, there is none like you. The Scripture says that nothing is impossible for you. I want to believe your word. All power is yours. I give you permission to make the changes you desire in my life, making me the person you intended me to be. God, help me center myself in you. Amen.

  3. Tyberspace,

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful, moving prayer.


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