This prayer by Thomas Merton speaks to me today. Does it speak to you as well? Do you feel Merton could have written this prayer on your behalf? If so, feel free to share your comments.
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am
going. I do not see the road aheadof me. I cannot know for certainwhere it will end. Nor do I reallyknow myself, and the fact that Ithink that I am following Your willdoes not mean that I am actuallydoing so.
But I believe that the desire
to please You does in factplease You. And I hope I have thatdesire in all that I am doing. I hopethat I will never do anything apartfrom that desire. And I know thatif I do this You will lead me by theright road though I may know nothingabout it.
Therefore will I trust
You always though I may seem tobe lost and in the shadow of death.I will not fear, for You are everwith me, and You will never leaveme to face my perils alone.
~Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude.
Before reading this prayer, I hadn't read or thought much about Thomas Merton for many years. In 1983 while a student at Notre Dame, I read his 1948 autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. It is still one of the most moving stories I have ever read.
"Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism. Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding. He pioneered dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama, the Japanese writer D.T. Suzuki, and the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh."