an honest prayer

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. 

- from Through the Year With Thomas Merton

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