thomas merton’s prayer of doubt

March 28, 2008

I think it speaks for itself. I need to pray more prayers like this:

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 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.

 

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