Morning Prayer XV

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahed of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I fully 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 I will 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.

Amen.

~ Thomas Merton

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